WHAT'S YOUR SCORE?If you have ever smoked tobacco or used smokeless tobacco, consumed alcohol excessively, lost teeth not due to an accident, or had pain when chewing or sensitivity to hot or cold - then it's time to measure your risk for gum disease, tooth decay and mouth cancer.
Don't risk it anymore - know your score! Take this quick oral health assessment and help your dentist make a long-term plan for your smile's health:
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AM I AT RISK FOR ORAL CANCER?Most oral cancer is preventable. However, there are certain risk factors that make you more likely than others to get it. A risk factor is anything that affects your chance of getting a disease. Some risk factors are preventable, and some are not, such as your family history. Tobacco use is a serious risk factor, about 75 percent of all people who get oral cancer use tobacco. Excessive exposure to sun increases your risk for lip cancer - people who spend a long time outdoors for work or play have the greatest risk for developing lip cancer. The Human Papillomaviruses (HPV) are a group of more than 100 related viruses. Currently, 20 to 30 percent of all oral cancer is associated with an HPV infection. Poor dental health and a poor diet can also be risk factors for developing oral cancer.
HEALTHY SMILES FOR PEOPLE WITH DIABETESIf you have diabetes, it's important to take good care of your teeth and gums. Why? Gum disease can make your diabetes harder to control. Good dental care can lower your chances for developing periodontal (gum) diseases, even if you don't have diabetes.
The Diabetes-Gum Disease ConnectionWhat's the connection? Research suggests that the relationship between gum disease and diabetes is a two-way street. One disease impacts the other. Over time, it can become a vicious cycle. Because diabetes reduces the body's ability to fight infection, the gums are likely to be affected. Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the gums and bone. People with uncontrolled blood sugar have a tendency to develop periodontal diseases more often and more severly. They're also more likely to lose more teeth than people who have their diabetes under control. If you do have diabetes, be sure to tell your dentist.Managing Mouth Care With Type 2 DiabetesPeople with Type 2 diabetes tend to have more problems with their teeth and gums if their blood glucose level remains high. Here are some smart ways you can help protect your teeth and gums from developing oral infections:1. Get your teeth and gums cleaned and checked regularly.2. Brush at least twice a day with a soft toothbrush. Pay special attention to the gum line.3. Floss at least once a day.4. Call your dentist if you have red, sore or bleeding gums or a sore tooth.5. Follow your doctor's dietary recommendations.6. Don't forget to take your medication.7. Try to exercise at least 30 minutes most days. Consult with your doctor first.8. Check and record your blood glucose each day.
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