This post from Designer Smiles in Fargo is about oral health for diabetics. Many people with diabetes have dental problems. But gum disease and tooth loss are not unavoidable.
Blood sugar is the complicating factor. Fargo diabetics who control their blood sugar have lower rates of dental problems. In fact, many Fargo dentists have noticed no increased risk of dental disease among diabetics who maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
When blood sugar levels rise, the amount of sugars and starches increase in your mouth. These substances combine with the bacteria naturally present to create enamel-eroding plaque. Untreated plaque creates cavities.
In addition to cavities, people with diabetes need to be vigilant about gum health. Because diabetes can make it harder to control the growth of bacteria, the amount of plaque in your mouth can multiply quicker. Plaque not only causes cavities, it inflames and weakens gum tissue and eventually the bone surrounding teeth. Untreated gum disease progresses to periodontitis, a more severe infection.
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