People with diabetes are at greater risk of problems with their oral hygiene. The fact that a diabetic’s white blood cells are elevated makes them a more likely candidate for bacterial infections, including oral infections. A major thing that can affect a diabetic’s oral health is a lack of saliva due to medication, resulting in dry mouth and therefore tooth decay, soreness, and ulcers. Also, diabetics are at greater risk for gingivitis, which can ultimately result in gum disease.
When a diabetic’s oral health spirals out of control, they can develop problems that now need extensive work or surgery. After the procedure, they may experience a slow healing process because of lack of immediate blood flow to the area that was worked on. We deal with these problems a great deal and are recognized as experts in diabetic dentistry in Honolulu!
We offer a number of excellent ways to improve the look of your smile. If you have broken, chipped, or missing teeth, we offer incredible options with dental implants, crowns, bridges, and dentures. For those looking to brighten your smile, our teeth whitening treatments will most assuredly make your smile shine! Also, for those looking for that straighter smile, we offer a few different types of braces, including Invisalign and Fastbraces, that will give you the smile you’ve always desired!
Gum disease can often be reversed in the early stages with proper care. Gingivitis is the most common early sign of gum disease, and its characteristics are puffy, swollen gums coupled with bleeding upon brushing or flossing. If nothing is done to combat gingivitis, it may develop into gum disease. Gum disease can result in receding gums, which can lead to exposure of the roots of the teeth, halitosis, infected pockets that form in your gums due to loose teeth, and loss of teeth in areas that are affected.
Choosing the correct toothbrush can often make a great difference in overall dental hygiene. When picking out a toothbrush, you must first make sure that it is an acceptable size, capable of reaching and cleaning every tooth. Another important factor is the strength of the bristles. When deciding on how strong the bristles should be, you should take into account the strength of your teeth as well as the strength with which you brush. Most choose softer bristles out of sheer comfort while others look for stiffer bristles for a deeper feeling clean. However, bristles being too hard can cause damage to your gums. So, when in doubt, ask your dentist about what type of toothbrush you should choose! Selecting the right toothbrush is a key decision in the world of preventive dentistry. The correct toothbrush can mean cleaner teeth!
For more questions regarding the betterment of your oral health, contact A Downtown Dental Group, in the heart of downtown Honolulu. You can reach us by calling 808-797-3680 or through our online contact form. We to see you smile!