COVID-19: Office Updates

Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

How Diabetes Affects the Teeth

Posted on 1/11/2021 by Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry
How Diabetes Affects the TeethDiabetes is a common yet serious problem that affects more than just your diet. It can also affect all parts of your mouth. Sometimes, even if the condition itself isn't doing anything, its medication can adversely affect your teeth and gums as well.

Here's how diabetes affects your teeth and what you need to do about it.

How Diabetes Affects the Teeth

When a person has diabetes, it means that their body isn't able to efficiently process the sugar in the body. This leads to high blood sugar levels which can affect the eyes, kidneys, heart and much more.

For the mouth specifically, high blood sugar levels can be quite dangerous as it can lead to various dental problems. The excess sugar or glucose in the body can get mixed in with the saliva in the mouth.

As a result, the sugary saliva encourages the growth of harmful bacteria which causes gum diseases and tooth decay. Moreover, it also contributes to the buildup of plaque on the teeth, which can be further harmful and unsightly as well.

Besides that, what makes diabetes so dangerous for oral health is that it creates a vicious cycle. The high blood sugar can cause serious gum diseases, which in turn can cause poor sugar control in the body. Over time, if not treated properly, it can lead to diseases like gingivitis, periodontitis, dry mouth, and much more.

What Diabetics Need to Do

Since diabetics are more at risk of tooth decay, gum diseases, and other dental problems, good dental habits are of the utmost importance. They need to brush their teeth twice a day, floss, and rinse their mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash.

In addition to that, it is also super important to control blood sugar through a healthy diet and regular exercise.

Most importantly, they need to schedule regular visits with their dentist and let them know of their condition. If you have diabetes and are suffering from some oral problems, contact and at Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry to get your teeth checked right away.

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