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According to medical/dental research, there is a close relationship between diabetes and periodontal (gum) disease. Not surprising, chronically high blood sugar encourages bacteria in a compromised immune system to grow, including the millions of germs in your mouth. For this reason, if you have diabetes, it is extremely important to practice good oral health habits.

Detrimental plaque is formed from bacteria in your mouth and makes a sticky film on and between your teeth and gums, especially along the gum line. Allowed to harden it becomes tartar, the calcified grit that your dental hygienist has to scrape off with specialized instruments when you go in for a cleaning. Plaque and tartar can both cause infection in your gums which can lead to gingivitis and full-blown periodontitis.

See your dentist here in the Hampton, VA, and Hampton Roads, VA, areas if your gums bleed easily, are sore, deep red, swollen or sensitive. If you have diabetes, protect yourself with the simple actions below:

-Check your glucose levels often and keep your diabetes under control.

-Faithfully take your diabetes medication and see your endocrinologist regularly to adjust medication as needed.

-Let your dentist know you have diabetes and then make regular dental visits for professional cleanings.

-Brush 2x each day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride.

-Floss at least once a day to reach those places brushing cannot.

If you are concerned about diabetes and dental health, our team would be pleased to discuss it with you. Please contact Morrison Dental Group to make an appointment at 757-850-2100, or come by our office in Hampton, VA, and Hampton Roads, VA.