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Can Diabetes Affect Oral Health?, Marietta

Can Diabetes Affect Oral Health?

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People living with diabetes know many of the ways that the disease can affect their bodies, but oral health is not commonly one of them. Multi-year studies, research and experience show that diabetes can have a severe impact on the mouth, teeth, and gums. Diabetics are at greater risk for infections of the mouth, notably periodontal (gum) disease.

Periodontal disease causes inflammation, pain, and bleeding. Some people find it difficult to chew. Because gum disease can devastate the gums, some people lose their teeth. Other dental problems linked to diabetes are fungal infections, dry mouth, increased glucose in saliva, dental decay, and bad breath.

Stabilizing blood sugar is a critical part of diabetes care and also minimizes further dental problems. For those with diabetes, prioritizing oral care will keep your teeth and gums healthy. Dental Care Center at Kennestone can help you prevent serious problems in your mouth. We urge our diabetic patients to be vigilant with daily brushing and flossing and with bi-annual dental and hygienist visits. These actions alone are enough to prevent diabetes from compromising your oral health, but we also suggest that our patients choose a low sugar and carbohydrate diet, not smoke and drink plenty of water to wash away bacteria.

Check your teeth and gums frequently for indications of diabetes. If your gums bleed when you floss or you see blood in the sink when you brush your teeth, gum disease is likely the culprit. Other telltale signs are white patches on the tongue, chronic bad breath from infection, and pain.

For help with diabetes and your oral care, our doctors of dentistry and the entire team at Dental Care Center at Kennestone are passionate about serving you. We will work with you to establish a custom care plan that will help you protect your smile and keep it healthy for years to come. Call us today to set up a consultation.

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Dental Care Center at Kennestone

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  • I absolutely love this dental experience. I used to dread having to make dental trips but since finding this office 4 years ago that took the dread away. From making the appointment, to visiting with the office staff. It's great. The Hygienist is very friendly. But that Dr. O,
    she is a ray of sunshine. Perfect bedside manner, concerning, caring, helpful, and so very positive. I do not have dental insurance and could go somewhere else that may be a tad cheaper but I wouldn't trade this dental office for the world. They feel more like family. Give them a try you won't regret it!

    Angie W.
  • I am very happy I came to this dental office! I tend to avoid going to the dentist because of past experiences, but my visit today was 10/10!! The dental hygienist, Kelly, and Dr. Buffington were so nice and thorough. I highly recommend! So happy I found a good and nice dental office finally!! :)

  • Always a great experience when I come in for cleanings or any work that has to be done. Special thanks to my hygienist Kelli for a good cleaning today and making me feel comfortable. Dr. Buffington is also terrific and very attentive. The entire staff will make you feel welcome and comfortable.

    Mark P.
  • I have been a patient here for many years. I’ve always had positive experiences. I especially like the Dental Hygenist “Callie”. She is just the best, always smiling and cheerful, just what you need at the Dentist. She is very experienced and I’ve learned a lot from her. All the Staff is very nice and polite and Dr Buffington is great also. I’ve had a lot of dental work done by her and never had a problem. She is very gentle and painless too!

    Nancy M.
  • The dentist, Dr. Buffington, hygienist, and staff were professional and efficient. Dr. Buffington provided an excellent explanation to my question so that I understood the situation. High recommend this dental practice.

    Don S.
  • Dr. Buffington has to be the kindest, most patient dentist in the world. The staff is amazingly attentive, non-judgemental and offers a very comforting experience. I appreciate how patient they are with me, a 44-year old that still cries and would rather give birth (without medication) than have dental work. I hope you catch my drift😉

    Adriennes B.
  • I really like Dr. Buffington. She gave me a plan that gives me hope about a TMJ issue. Everyone on the staff was professional and seemed genuinely caring. I would highly recommend the office.

    It’s a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and they don’t try to sell you on things you don’t need.

    Donna D.
  • I highly recommend this dental practice. They took prompt and amazing care of me to address a TMJ episode. Dr. Buffington and all employees I encountered were professional, friendly, caring and knowledgeable. They set me on the path of recovery and have earned my respect and business going forward. How refreshing to engage with a business that truly understands customer service.

    Ronni P.