Anchorage, Alaska
4050 Lake Otis Pkwy, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99508

Oral Health Tips for Diabetics From Anchorage's Leading Dentists July 12, 2016

Anchorage, Anchorage County
Oral Health Tips for Diabetics From Anchorage's Leading Dentists, Anchorage, Alaska

Everyone needs a good dentist, and this is particularly true if you have diabetes. Diabetes ups your risk for a wide range of oral health problems, making dental hygiene and a relationship with your family dentistry practice even more important. Family First Dentistry in Anchorage, AK, makes caring for your oral health simple, offering flexible scheduling and walk-in appointments. Committed to serving your individual needs, their experienced team offers custom-tailored care backed by the latest dental technology.

Here, these dentists offer some insights into why oral hygiene is extra important for diabetics:

  • Gum Disease: Gum disease is a common dental health complaint amongst people with diabetes. While often reversible in its early phases, as gum disease progresses, it can become a serious problem, possibly requiring surgery. Keep an eye on your gums, brush and floss regularly, and talk to your dentist if you experience redness, tenderness, or swelling.
  • dentistOral Infections: High blood sugar levels can contribute to oral infections, which in turn can make your blood sugar harder to control. Stop this vicious cycle before it starts by calling your dentist immediately if you’re experiencing pain persistently and/or when you eat cold, hot, or sweet foods. Dark spots on your teeth and white or red patches in your mouth are also signs of an infection.
  • Dry Mouth: Dry mouth causes more than discomfort. Because there’s limited saliva to wash away decay-causing bacteria and acids, dry mouth can lead to cavities, salivary gland infections, and other oral health issues. If you’re experiencing dry mouth, sipping water, chewing sugarless gum, and avoiding mouthwashes with alcohol can help.

Brushing and flossing regularly, controlling your blood sugar, and properly cleaning your dentures will help prevent these dental issues. So will seeing your dentist regularly. To make an appointment with the team at Family First Dentistry today, call (907) 562-2820, or visit their website to learn more about how they can serve you.

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from Family First Dentistry
How Alcohol Affects Your Teeth & Gums, Anchorage, Alaska
In small amounts, certain alcoholic beverages, like red wine, can have health benefits. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), moderate to heavy drinkers are those who more
What Is the Ideal Age to Get Braces?, Anchorage, Alaska
Though many are aware that children with crooked teeth benefit by getting braces, the treatment is advantageous to people of all ages. If alignment issues are left unaddressed, more
How Do Your Dental Needs Change With Age?, Anchorage, Alaska
Dental care begins with the eruption of a child’s first baby tooth. To ensure strong teeth and healthy gums throughout one’s life, it’s important to address changing dental needs at more
What Is TMJ & What Are the Treatment Options?, Anchorage, Alaska
A temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ, refers to a condition that affects the joints and muscles connecting the jaw. The dental care team at Family First Dentistry in more
What Are Hidden Braces & Their Benefits?, Anchorage, Alaska
Adjusting your teeth positioning through orthodontic care will help you achieve a perfect smile, and there are many options to choose from depending on your needs and more