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Are you aware of the disadvantages to your oral health care that can be compounded due to diabetes? Although diabetes affects nearly 30 million Americans, it is often unclear for many individuals on how their diabetic condition may affect their teeth and gums.

To begin, it is important to understand that diabetes can delay your recovery time. If you are recovering slower, it often means that you’ll need to spend additional time to care for your body and mouth if you should ever suffer from an oral ailment that requires restorations or treatments. Furthermore, complications can arise due to the presence of oral health risks such as gum disease, which can increase your blood sugar and make diabetes more difficult to handle.

Diabetes can also cause your mouth to produce less saliva, which can increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Due to the fact that saliva is instrumental in washing away plaque and debris that can cause harm to your teeth and gums, a decreased amount can leave you susceptible to additional oral health risks. If you do suffer from diabetes, be sure to let dentist know.

If you are ready for additional oral health care treatments for diabetics from Dr. Thomas Pierce DDS at our dental office in Marion, Arkansas, then you are welcome to call us at 870-739-3256. Dr. Thomas Pierce and our entire team would love to bring you in for an oral exam and make teeth and gums as good as new!