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If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, your primary care physician should consult with your dentist. Diabetes and oral health are closely connected, and your dentist will be one of your primary allies in dealing with your diabetes.

Diabetes can contribute to dry mouth, which can contribute to gum disease. In fact, people with diabetes are at a higher risk for gum disease. Gum disease can make it more difficult for you to control your blood sugar level and can even make your symptoms worse. Your gums may become swollen, you are at a higher risk of cavities, and oral infections. Your dentist may be the first one to notice that you have gum disease, and treating it as soon as possible can help improve your issues with your blood sugar. Deep cleanings can also help with your blood sugar levels.

In addition to taking your medications, you should make sure that you brush twice a day, and floss once a day. You can also be on the lookout for the symptoms of gum disease which include tender, swollen, red or bleeding gums. You should see your dentist twice a year for cleanings and exams, or more often if he recommends it.

Whether or not you have been diagnosed with diabetes, our dentist, Dr. Cameron Clark wants to work with you to make sure that your teeth and mouth are as healthy as possible. If you live in the city, state area and would like to schedule an appointment at Northwest Center for Dentistry, you can call (406) 752-4530 today.