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At Bullard Family Dentistry in Bullard, Texas, we recognize how much your oral health is impacted by your overall health and vice versa. To see how your oral health affects your oral cavity, it is helpful to understand how your microbiology in the mouth works. You may be surprised to learn that the mouth houses millions of bacteria which can cause tooth decay and gum disease. This bacteria thrives in a sticky film called plaque.

Dental plaque coats the surfaces in the mouth until you remove it by brushing and flossing. Flossing is important because bacteria love to hide between the teeth and along the gumline. This even more important for diabetes, as chronic high blood sugar interferes with the body’s immune response, which gives bacteria easy access.

Plaque can lead to gingivitis, or gum disease causing the gums to swell, turn red, and bleed. Left untreated, gingivitis leads to a severe infection of the gum tissue, or periodontitis. Left alone, the infected gums will pull away from your teeth. Once the teeth loosen and the supporting bone deteriorates, you can incur tooth loss.

To protect your oral health, brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once to limit bacterial growth. Unless you remove plaque daily, it will harden and require removal with dental tools. Support your immune system and your teeth with a balanced diet low in sugars and carbs. Hydration through plenty of water helps maintain saliva levels to prevent a condition called dry mouth that can worsen gum disease.

You can better manage the effects of diabetes on your oral health by taking excellent good care of your smile. For more information or to schedule an appointment with our dentists, Dr. Candice Denison and Dr. Brandon Allen, please give our team a call at 903-710-2309 today.