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Are you aware of all the oral health risks in your life? The answer is probably no because there are many. Due to the vast amount of ways that your smile can be damaged, it is a good idea to have a general checklist of risks to protect your mouth as best as possible. Even so, it’s important to understand how other underlying conditions can potentially affect your smile as well, include diabetes. If you are suffering from diabetes, you are not alone, as nearly 10 percent of the population has the condition.

Because of the fact that diabetes alters your body’s ability to process sugar correctly, it can have an impact on your oral health. Not only can it damage your teeth and gums, but it can lead to issues with other areas of your body as well. To help keep your smile and your body safe, you should understand the relationship between diabetes and your oral health.

An oral health risk known as gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease, exists when there are infections with your gum tissues. Unfortunately, this can cause a rise and spike in your blood sugar. If you have diabetes, this can make it more difficult to process correctly. Thus, optimal health care is essential to make sure that further complications do not arise in your mouth. Furthermore, diabetes can lead to issues with recovery time if you have recently had an oral accident or injury or simply need an oral health care procedure to be done. In addition, diabetes has been known to affect saliva production in your mouth. When your mouth is not producing enough saliva, or if there’s not enough saliva present, a condition known as dry mouth will occur. This typically causes issues such as gum disease and tooth decay, further complicating the cycle of diabetes and poor oral health.

Do you feel confident in your knowledge about diabetes and its effect on your smile? With optimum care from Oquirrh Dental, we can make sure you receive the oral health care you need. If you wish to schedule an appointment to visit us at our office in Magna, Utah, Drs. Sargent and Haynie and our team can be reached by calling us at 801-250-0668.