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At Granger Family Dentistry PC in Granger, Indiana, we are pleased to be able to help our patients diagnosed with diabetes to improve their oral health and maintain a healthy, confident smile.

Because millions of bacteria live in your mouth they can harm your health by causing gum disease and tooth decay. You can actually feel this film when you run your tongue along the tooth surfaces and along the gumline. For someone who is diabetic and has an issue with high blood sugar, it can interfere with the body’s immune response. When this happens the bacteria proliferate, putting you at higher risk of gum disease.

If plaque buildup goes unchecked, it will do damage along the gumline and between teeth, creating cavities and gum disease. Your daily oral hygiene efforts serve to counter this buildup. Be sure to brush twice a day and floss at least once to remove plaque. Neglecting your oral hygiene lets plaque harden into tartar, which requires dental tools to remove. Unless plaque is kept under control, you will be more susceptible to periodontal disease–a dangerous infection of your gums.

In the early stages of gum disease, it is called gingivitis. During this stage, the gums tend to swell due to irritation, they may turn red and bleed. Eventually, gingivitis advances into periodontitis and if periodontitis goes unchecked, the gums will recede from the teeth causing them to loosen, while the bone supporting your teeth breaks down.

If you have diabetes, protect yourself from gingivitis by seeing your dentist regularly to keep your gums strong, and maintaining good oral hygiene. Brush and floss daily, and focus on a balanced diet low in sugar and starches.

To learn more about how to keep your gums healthy, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Thomas Anglemire, please call our dental team at 574-277-5406 today.