If you smoke, have diabetes, or both, your dentist or periodontist may want to see you more frequently than twice a year. Smoking and diabetes both dramatically increase your risk for gum disease. Visiting your dentist at shorter intervals for maintenance may be required, especially if you have signs and symptoms of periodontitis. Smoking can also lead to tooth loss and soft-tissue diseases. If your dentist or hygienist has not discussed the risks of smoking or diabetes, you should ask! They can provide advice, tools, and encouragement that can help you take better care of your oral health. If you want to see your dentist less often, stop smoking!
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If you have diabetes, you are at a greater risk of developing some oral health problems than are people who do not have diabetes. Diabetes increases your risk of developing gum disease and also lowers resistance to infection, making some people more prone to developing oral infections. Controlling blood sugar levels can reduce the risk of these effects.
Good oral care at home and regular visits to your dentist provide a solid foundation for maintaining a healthy smile. Talk with your dentist about your current health status and any oral health concerns you may have. Together you can develop a personalized oral health plan.