Preventative Care

Dental Sealants

Tooth decay is the most prevalent dental disease among children. Dental sealants can safely reduce tooth decay and preserve a smile for years to come. Sealants are simply a thin plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of back teeth as a means of helping to prevent tooth decay. The white film (plaque) that remains on the teeth over time causes tooth decay and without proper removal, it forms a cavity. Sealants are an effective way of blocking plaque from forming on hard-to-reach areas with your toothbrush. They are typically applied to permanent molars and premolars, but can be applied to baby teeth. Sealants can be clear, white, or tinted, and can’t be seen when you talk or smile because they are only applied to the back teeth.

Mouth Care and Diabetes

When you have diabetes, you are at greater risk for periodontal disease (infection of the gums and tissues supporting the teeth). Any periodontal disease you may develop can be more severe and harder to control.

Use Good Oral Hygiene

Brush your teeth after each meal and floss daily. Don’t forget to also brush your tongue.

See Your Dentist Regularly

Your dentist may want to see you every 3 to 4 months for exams and cleanings.

Control Your Blood Sugar

Keeping your blood sugar at a healthy level will help control your diabetes. Doing so will also help your body fight infections and may lessen the severity or your periodontal disease.

Scaling & Root Planing

When bacteria reaches deep below the gum line, this is usually an early sign of gum disease. These processes remove plaque and tartar from below your gum line. Doing this controls the growth of harmful bacteria. It also helps gums reattach firmly to the teeth. Because this procedure goes deeper than a regular cleaning, your mouth may be numbed to reduce sensitivity.

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