If you have Diabetes, Dr. Robert Rosenfeld of Solana Beach, CA advices you to take additional precautions when it comes to your dental health. People who suffer from diabetes are at higher risk to develop mouth infections, periodontal (gum) disease, dry mouth, and fungal infections (thrush). Periodontal disease can increase your blood glucose level as well as rot away gums and bones that keep your teeth in place; this can lead to painful chewing problems or loss of teeth. Dry mouth occurs when you do not produce enough saliva. If combined with diabetes, which may raise the glucose level of your saliva, a fungal infection called “thrush” could develop. Thrush is characterized by painful white patches inside your mouth. To keep your teeth and mouth healthy, Dr. Robert Rosenfeld suggest you follow these steps: control blood glucose, brush and floss every day, inform Dr. Robert Rosenfeld if your dentures do not fit right or your gums become sore, and quit smoking since it makes gum disease worse. Paying close attention to your dental health can assist you in keeping a beautiful, healthy smile. If you would like more information about keeping your teeth healthy while dealing with diabetes, call us today at (858)755-1189 and we will be happy to assist you.