Diabetes and Your Smile

November is National Diabetes month.  At some point in our life either you or someone you know has been or will be affected by diabetes.

Diabetes not only affects your whole body, but your oral health as well.  The most common oral side effect of diabetes is gum disease.  Below are the most common problems associated with diabetes that you should be aware of.


–  Periodontal (gum) disease which includes red or swollen gums and bleeding gums

when you brush and floss

–  Chronic bad breath

–  Tooth decay

–  Dry mouth which can lead to soreness, infections, or ulcers

–  Fungal infections such as thrush


Not only is controlling your blood sugar levels important, but also preventative dental care at your dental office to control oral health problem associated with diabetes.  Be sure to brush your teeth twice daily, floss once a day, and have regular dental cleanings.   If you have any questions or concerns about how diabetes affects your oral health please give us a call at 509-235-6241 or email us at [email protected].