periodonticMore Americans are being diagnosed with diabetes every year. A growing health concern, diabetes affects more than just your blood sugar levels. Diabetes can also lead to complex dental health concerns. Do you know how diabetes can take a toll on your gums and teeth? Take Marrero, LA Barataria Dental’s oral health quiz to test your knowledge on diabetes affects on your oral health.

Fact or Fiction : Diabetes And Your Oral Health, New Orleans

1.Fact or Fiction: Diabetes can reduce my natural production of saliva.

2.Fact or Fiction: Gum disease is more common in patients diagnosed with diabetes.

3.Fact or Fiction: White patches on my tongue and cheeks are normal.

4.Fact or Fiction: Diabetes may lead to increased cavity development.

1.Fact. Saliva production can be restricted due to diabetes. A lack of saliva may cause dry mouth which is closely linked to increased tooth decay. Staying well hydrated, brushing and flossing and chewing sugar free gum can help stimulate saliva production and keep your gums and teeth healthy.

2.Fact. Gum disease is more common in those with diabetes. Your body’s ability to fight off the bacteria infection that causes gum disease may be compromised due to diabetes. Barataria Dental offers treatment options for those with all stages of gum disease and work closely with a local periodontist for advanced cases. Gum disease is a serious oral health concern that is also linked to systemic health problems.

3.Fiction. White patches may be a sign you have developed Thrush. Thrush is a fungal infection of your cheeks and gums. Patients with diabetes may be more susceptible to Thrush due to their inability to fight off the fungus. Be sure to visit our Marrero dentist office to be treated for Thrush.

4.Fact. Some patients may see an increase in tooth decay and cavities if diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes causes an increase in sugar in your saliva that can breed plaque. Dry mouth is another side effect of diabetes that may lead to tooth decay.

Dr. Maria Burmaster and Dr. Valerie Ribando encourage all patients to visit the dentist at least twice a year. If you are diagnosed with diabetes, visiting the dentist can help you avoid developing serious dental health concerns. Drs. Burmaster and Ribando can help you develop a dental care plan to maintain your healthy, functional and beautiful smile.

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