Dental exams are important for everyone. They give the Friendly Smiles Center team a chance to identify issues like cavities and gum disease in their earliest stages, when they are easiest to treat. Every member of your family should see us every six months for a checkup. That’s especially true if any of them are diabetic.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month – an especially good time to remind you of the link between gum disease and diabetes. As this short video notes, diabetics are more susceptible to infection in their mouths than non-diabetics. Gum disease increases your blood sugar and makes it harder to manage your diabetes. 

Good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent gum disease. That means daily brushing and flossing – but also regular dental exams and cleanings. To schedule your next exam in Mount Laurel, NJ, call Friendly Smiles Center today at 856-359-4000. Or schedule online

If you notice any gum disease symptoms, call us right away. These signs include chronic bad breath, bleeding gums, and gums that appear red instead of pink. If caught and treated in its early stages, you will be less likely to suffer serious consequences such as tooth and bone loss. We’ll remove the disease-causing bacteria with a special deep-cleaning treatment called scaling and root planing.