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As you know, diabetes is a medical condition that affects the entire body, including your oral health. This letter is to remind you about how diabetes may affect your oral health and give you some ways to manage these effects.

Many people who have diabetes also struggle with gum disease. Early signs of problems are bleeding gums. Left untreated, things can progress so that the bone that holds the teeth in place is lost and teeth may be lost as well. People with diabetes who are more at risk for gum disease include those diabetics with poor blood sugar control and smokers. People with diabetes can also experience delayed healing after surgery.

A less common problem is thrush (oral candidiasis) which is a fungal infection that appears more often in people with diabetes. Thrush causes white or red patches in the mouth that may be sore or may become ulcers. It may also cause a painful, burning sensation on your tongue. If necessary, an antifungal medication can be prescribed to treat thrush. You can help avoid thrush by keeping your mouth and teeth thoroughly clean every day.

Good oral hygiene reduces the risk of gum disease and thrush, as well as tooth decay. Brush two times a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss once a day, and have regular professional exams and cleanings. Choose oral care products that have the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

We at The Guter Center are well aware that your oral health is a critical part of your overall health and well-being linked, and want to give you the best care possible. You can visit the practice website at www.guterdentalcenter.com for more information about how diabetes affects oral health. Also, please feel free to contact my office with any questions or concerns at (740) 474-4396 or email at hpguterddsinc@frontier.com