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Are you familiar with the risks associated with diabetes and how it can impact your smile? Diabetes affects nearly thirty million Americans, and our office is well trained in providing treatments contoured to your needs. If you are diabetic, your body’s ability to process sugar will be altered, so you will need specific treatments to help handle your oral health care and limit the effects that diabetes can have on it.

One of the common symptoms of diabetes is that it can lower saliva production in your mouth. Due to the fact that dry mouth is more prevalent, it is important to always stay hydrated and make sure you do everything you can to produce additional saliva, as it is helpful for neutralizing acids in your mouth. To produce additional saliva, try chewing sugarless gum after meals or eating crunchy and watery foods.

If you have diabetes, it can delay your recovery time. Furthermore, diabetes can cause an individual to be more likely to suffer from complications associated with blood sugar problems. Conversely, gum disease can affect your blood sugar and in turn, lead to complications associated with diabetes.

Be sure to make time in your life to visit your dentist at DM Family Dentistry for oral health care for diabetics and if necessary, to schedule an appointment for a thorough exam of your oral health. Dr. Doris Madrigal and our team can be reached at our dental office in Chicago, Illinois, by calling us at 773.252.5757.