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At Vital Dental in McKinney, Texas, our goal is to help you maintain your healthiest smile. This is important because if you have an ongoing medical condition such as diabetes, your oral health can impact your condition.

The mouth is home to millions of bacteria, and they can cause gum disease and tooth decay. Bacteria live in dental plaque, that sticky film you can feel on your tooth surfaces and along the gumline before you brush your teeth. If you have chronic high blood sugar, it weakens your body’s immune response. This results in even more bacteria building up unchecked.

Unless you remove dental plaque, it will create tooth decay and gum disease. This is why you need to brush and floss daily to keep your mouth clean. If you have poor oral hygiene and don’t keep plaque from building it up, it hardens into tartar, which your dentist will need to remove using special tools designed for the job. Out of control plaque leads to periodontal disease, where you have infection setting into the gums.

Gum disease, in its early stages, is known as gingivitis. At this stage, gum irritation from plaque causes them to swell, redden, and even bleed. Untreated gingivitis develops into periodontitis–which is a severe infection of your gum tissue. Over time, periodontitis causes your gums to recede from your teeth. As the teeth loosen and the bone material supporting your teeth breaks down, the teeth can fall out.

For our patients with diabetes, we encourage routine dental visits to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Your daily oral hygiene routine needs to be top notch, brush twice a day and floss once, preferably at bedtime to remove any stray food particles for the day. Eating a healthy tooth-friendly diet that is low in sugar and low in starches will also help.

For more information on supporting your oral health, or to schedule your next appointment with our dentist, Dr. Asad Ahsan, please call our dental team at (972) 347-0945 today.