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general dentist vallejo CADo you know how many people in the U.S. have diabetes? Nearly 26 million Americans, children and adults, are diagnosed with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. November is American Diabetes Month, and it’s important to note the impact diabetes has on oral health. When living with diabetes, it’s important to manage your blood sugar levels. High blood sugar can put your oral health at risk.
 

Tooth decay

Diabetes can increase glucose levels in saliva, and high glucose can help bacteria (plaque) build up on your teeth. Thus, plaque buildup can lead to tartar (hardened plaque). You might find it difficult to clean tartar that is close to your gumline. Plus, acid causes erosion of the enamel, which allows for decay to form. Sugars and starches create excess acid, and higher blood sugar adds fuel to the fire by increasing the production of acid.
 

Gingivitis

Diabetes can also lower your body’s ability to fight infection, so your gums can be adversely affected. The plaque and tartar builds up on a daily basis, so a reduced ability to fight infection allows for bacteria to irritate the gingiva—gum area surrounding the base of your teeth. Gingivitis is when your gums become swollen and easily bleed.
 

Gum disease (Periodontitis)

Without proper treatment, people with diabetes can develop gum disease (periodontitis). It’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible because gum disease can destroy your mouth’s soft tissue and bone that support and protect your teeth. Plus, diabetes slows down the healing process, so it’s harder for your mouth to heal.
 

What can you do? 

Keep an eye out for early warning signs, and make sure to schedule regular checkups with your general dentist in Vallejo. Also, follow your doctor’s orders about insulin or oral medications. At home, remember to maintain proper oral hygiene techniques, and you need to eat a healthy diet laid out by your doctor. For dental issues, go to your Vallejo, CA dentist for tooth and gum treatment.
 
Do you have a loved on who has diabetes? Show your support this month for diabetes awareness.

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General Dentistry in Vallejo
David Gordon D.D.S.
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Vallejo, CA 94591
(707) 557-2200

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