Healthy gums are important to everyone’s dental health. Left untreated, gum disease can cause tissue and bone in your mouth to break down to the point where you lose teeth. Yet the condition can affect more than your mouth if you are a diabetic.
November is American Diabetes Month, which is a great time to highlight the connection between gum disease and diabetes. As this video explains, those with diabetes have more bacteria in their mouths than non-diabetics. This makes them more susceptible to gum disease. And this infection of the gums makes diabetes more difficult to manage.
If you have diabetes, you need to call us right away if you notice any signs of gum disease, such as bleeding gums or persistent bad breath. It’s also especially important to visit us at least every six months for a cleaning and exam. Good daily oral hygiene at home, combined with these routine appointments at our Athens GA office, keep gum disease at bay. If we see signs of disease, we can eliminate it with a minimally invasive treatment using a laser.
Let our team help you get healthy gums! Visit McRae Family Dental online or schedule an appointment by calling one of our offices:
- Baxter Street – 706-480-9410
- Trail Creek – 706-430-3191
- Epps Bridge – 706-430-3102