Can diabetes affect oral care?

Can diabetes affect oral care?

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Over 20 million Americans have diabetes, a disease that results from having too much sugar in the blood. It can happen either as a result of the body not producing enough insulin (type 1 diabetes) or that the body stops responding to insulin (type 2 diabetes). 

Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, having too much sugar in your blood can take a toll on your health, including your oral health.

Diabetes and Gum and Teeth Diseases

All of us have bacteria in our mouth. And these bacteria feed on sugar. 

If you have uncontrolled diabetes, your poor blood sugar control can make you more prone to dental health problems, such as:

  • Tooth cavities
    When the bacteria in the mouth interact with starches and sugar from food and drinks, they form a sticky film, called plaque, on the teeth.

    The plaque has acids that attack the surface of the teeth, eventually leading to cavities and gum disease. 
  • Gingivitis
    If you have unmanaged diabetes and you don’t brush and floss regularly, you are increasing your risk of developing gum diseases like gingivitis.

    Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that causes redness, irritation, and swelling of the gingiva, the part of the gum around the base of the teeth. 
  • Periodontitis
    Periodontitis is an advanced gum disease that destroys the soft tissues and bones that support your teeth.

    People with diabetes tend to have more severe cases of periodontitis as the disease lowers their ability to fight infections. 

Oral Care for Diabetics

Learning to manage your blood sugar level and taking care of your dental health goes hand-in-hand. Without the other, your diabetes may worsen (gum diseases can actually raise your blood sugar level) or both your physical and dental health may suffer. 

If you’re diabetic, it’s important to:

  1. Commit to lifestyle changes
    Your diet and physical activity play a significant role in managing your blood sugar level. There are a lot of people who were successful in controlling their diabetes and even getting out of it simply by committing to serious lifestyle changes like eating well and making sure to have regular physical activity. 
  2. Brush and floss your teeth daily
    These two simple habits can make a lot of difference. They keep plaque from building up. The buildup of plaque on the teeth causes irritation of the gingiva.

    Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoride-containing toothpaste and make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day.

    When flossing, use the waxed variety. If you’re struggling in manipulating the floss, use a floss holder. 
  3. Schedule regular dental visits
    Even if you are consistent in brushing and flossing your teeth, it’s still highly recommended to visit your dentist. He/she can provide your teeth and gums a thorough examination and recommend the next appropriate intervention.

    Regular visits often include X-rays and professional cleanings, which helps catch gum disease in their early stages.

Cakmes Dental Studio has a team of dental care professionals who have years of experience in dealing with different types of dental health issues.

Take care of your dental health. For appointments, you may call us at (865) 584-6163.






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4 Healthy Teeth Tips for Halloween

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Many kids (and kids at heart) look forward to Halloween. It’s the time of the year when all sorts of candies and other treats are handed out freely. 

During this spooky season of fun and treats, Cakmes Dental Studio wants to ensure that you and your family’s oral health is well-taken care of. 

The following can help you keep your teeth healthy while enjoying Halloween

  • Brush and floss

Brushing and flossing your teeth are one of the simplest yet important ways of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. 

Brushing your teeth for at least 2 minutes with a fluoride toothpaste makes sure that no sugar will be sticking on your teeth, especially at night. 

Flossing is also important as it removes food particles between your teeth that your toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Plus, it helps remove plaque beneath your gum line.

  • Pick a treat or two

Like many of us, you may get used to treats during Halloween. While not having these sugary treats is ideal, some of us may find it challenging to do. 

A good compromise is picking a fun-size treat or two and giving the rest away.

  • Make your own sugar-free treats

The two types of bacteria that are destructive in your mouth feed on sugar. They form a dental plaque, a sticky, colorless film on the surface of your teeth.

When plaque is not washed away by saliva or by brushing, the mouth becomes more acidic, making it more prone to developing cavities.

Hence, avoiding sugar can benefit your dental health. 

If you are considering this route, making your own sugar-free treats this Halloween is a great idea. There are tons of recipes you can find online – from candies to savory meals you can share in Halloween parties. 

  • Drink plenty of water

Drinking water, especially a fluorinated one, is one of the most beneficial things you can do to prevent tooth decay.

Halloween may only be celebrated once a year but taking care of your dental health can benefit you for years to come.

To request an appointment at Cakmes Dental Studio, call us at (865) 584-6163 or visit: https://cakmesdentalstudio.com/contact/.




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What is periodontitis?

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If your gums are swollen, appear bright red or purplish, bleed easily, and feel tender when touched, you may be suffering from periodontitis.

What is periodontitis?

Periodontitis is a serious gum condition that can damage the soft tissues and destroys the bones that support the teeth. It’s often a result of bacteria that’s been allowed to accumulate on the teeth and gums.

Most cases of periodontitis results from the accumulation of plaque. It’s a sticky film that’s comprised mainly of bacteria. 

When we neglect our dental hygiene, plaque can accumulate and harden under the gumline. The longer it stays there, the harder it is to remove.

If left unmanaged, plaque accumulation can cause gingivitis, a mild form of periodontitis. Ongoing gum inflammation can eventually lead to periodontitis and other complications.

What are the signs and symptoms of periodontitis?

Aside from red, swollen gums that bleed easily, periodontitis may also cause the development of new spaces between your teeth, the formation of pus between teeth and gums, bad breath, painful chewing, and loose teeth.

Is periodontitis treatable?

Periodontitis can be treated. The earlier it is detected, the better the treatment outcome. 

Cakmes Dental Studio provides periodontal care. We assess your gum condition and recommend the most suitable options for you. 

Our Periodontal Care Services include periodontitis treatment, gingivitis treatment, bacterial infection treatment, and  inflammation care.

Periodontitis is a highly preventable and treatable disease. While basic dental care habits such as brushing and flossing can help, seeing a dentist can help prevent the progression of early-stage gum disease.

To schedule an appointment, you may call us at (865) 588-8202.





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Foods that will help keep your teeth healthy

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You are what you eat. But did you know that your diet doesn’t just affect your physical health? It can also have an impact on your oral health. 

What to eat for better dental health

Foods are not created equal. There are those that promote dental health and there are also those that cause tooth decay and gum disease.

If you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy, make sure to load up on these good guys:

  • Fiber-rich fruits and vegetables

Fiber-packed fruits and vegetables keep your saliva flowing. 

Your saliva reduces the effects of acids and enzymes on your teeth. They also contain traces of calcium and phosphate, which help restore the minerals that are lost due to bacterial acids.

  • Sugar-free chewing gum

This is another food item you should have on hand if you want to keep your saliva flowing, especially after a starchy meal. 

Sugar and starch can come in contact with plaque (a thin invisible layer of bacteria), forming acids that can damage your teeth enamel.

  • Milk and other dairy products

The calcium and phosphate from milk and other dairy products can help restore some of the minerals lost due to other foods. 

  • Teas

Green and black teas contain polyphenols that either kill or keep the bacteria from causing any damage in your mouth. 

  • Anything that contains fluoride

Fluoride-containing food can help keep your teeth and gums healthy. 

Examples are fluoridated water and fluoride-containing powdered juices (as long as they don’t contain a lot of sugar) and dehydrated soups.

On top of watching your diet, it’s also important to have good dental habits like brushing and flossing your teeth regularly and seeing a dentist at least once a year.

Cakmes Dental Studio have dentists and staff who will take good care of your oral health needs. We are committed to giving our patients the best dental care out there.

To schedule an appointment with us, you may call (865) 584-6163.





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Dental Health For Breastfeeding Moms

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Breastfeeding is known to be one of the earliest ways to reduce your baby’s risk of SIDS, obesity, asthma, and many more. It can also reduce the mother’s risk of ovarian and breast cancer. But did you know that breastfeeding can also impact the dental health of the baby? 

Breastfeeding promotes better teeth alignment

Recent studies have shown that babies who were exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months were less likely to develop open bites, crossbites, and other teeth alignment issues. 

Breastfeeding reduces the risk for baby bottle tooth decay 

Baby bottle tooth decay develops when a baby has prolonged exposure to drinks containing sugar. This usually happens to babies who are put to bed with a bottle, even if it’s formula or milk.

Dental care is still needed even if you are breastfeeding.

Although breastfeeding can be beneficial in so many aspects, children who have been breastfed can still develop cavities. Breastfeeding doesn’t make the kids cavity-free. 

It’s very important to start caring for your child’s dental health early. You can start cleaning your child’s gum area with a clean, damp cloth after every feeding. You can do this even if your child isn’t teething yet.

For moms, self-care is important especially if it affects your health. Many moms end up neglecting their dental health due to their busy schedules. Your dental health is as important as the rest of your family.

Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day are still the simplest ways to prevent gum and tooth diseases. Also, make sure to have your teeth checked by a dentist. An annual dental check can help prevent serious dental health issues. 

Cakmes Dental Studio in Knoxville has a team of dental health professionals who can help you bring back your smile. To request an appointment, you can call us at (865) 584-6163 or visit https://cakmesdentalstudio.com/contact/





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Back-to-School Oral Care

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We know that the beginning of the school year is usually chaotic. There’s that transition from lazy summer mornings to rushing to get the kids on time for the bus. However, we believe that oral care shouldn’t be neglected especially at this period. Dental issues such as tooth decay can cause an increase in your child’s missed days in school.

To help you out, we’ve outlined some of the best back-to-school dental care tips:

  • Teach your kids how to brush and floss properly
    Brushing and flossing the teeth regularly are some of the simplest ways to prevent diseases of the gums and teeth. Until your child reaches the age of 7, monitor how he/she brushes and flosses his/her teeth. Make sure that your child brushes his/her teeth long enough. You may want to set a timer for 3 minutes to ensure this.

  • Be careful of what your kids eat and drink
    Your child’s diet plays a significant role in his/her oral health. Provide your child with healthy snacks and meals at home and for school. It’s also best for their oral health to limit their consumption of sweetened drinks and treats.
  • Learn how to handle dental emergencies

Accidents are inevitable especially when you have an active kid. These accidents may cause their teeth to get cracked or knocked out. Before these happen, make sure you know how to handle the situation.

When your child’s tooth is accidentally knocked out, carefully pick the tooth without touching the root. Keep the root moist by temporarily placing it back in the socket or placing it in a glass of milk.

In cases of a cracked tooth, have your child rinse with a glass of warm water. This will rinse any debris in the mouth. If there’s inflammation or swelling, place a cold cloth against your child’s cheek and call your dentist for further instructions.

  • Schedule a dental check-up at least once a year

Before the school year starts to get busy, you may want to schedule your child’s dental check-up at the beginning of the school year. 

A dentist can check your child’s teeth and gums. Seeing a dentist can also ensure your child gets routine dental care before any tooth/gum issues arise.

Cakmes Dental Studio is a family-oriented dental clinic. We take pride in taking care of patients dealing with various dental issues. To schedule an appointment with us, please call (865) 584-6163.





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Teething Tips

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The emergence of your baby’s first tooth is a huge milestone. While it’s a big event in your baby’s life, it can be very uncomfortable him or her. The more you understand this phase and what you can expect, the more you help you are able to provide for your baby.

What can you expect during the teething process?

Many babies begin teething between 4 and 7 months. For some babies, it can happen at a much later stage.

Usually, the first tooth to emerge is one of the lower, central incisors. Some kids have a pattern of serial eruption while there are also those who experience multiple dental eruptions at the same time. 

Some teeth can be more sensitive when they erupt. The larger molars are usually the ones that cause a significant amount of discomfort due to their larger surface area. They simply can’t ‘slice’ through the gum tissue as what erupting incisors can do.

Although the symptoms of teething could vary from one baby to another, many babies who are teething experience the following:

  • Tender and swollen gums
  • Fussiness
  • Gnawing or wanting to chew on things
  • Lots of drooling
  • Changes in sleeping and/or eating patterns
  • A slightly elevated temperature

What can you do when your baby’s teething?

If your baby seems uncomfortable with his/her teething, you can do the following to soothe his/her gums:

  • Rub your baby’s gums
    With the use of your clean finger or moistened gauze pad, you can relieve the discomfort from sore gums. 
  • Keep it cool
    Whether it’s a cold washcloth or chilled (not frozen) teething ring, anything that’s ‘cool’ can be soothing to your baby’s gums. 
  • Try hard foods
    If your baby is already eating solid food, try offering something edible such as slices of cucumber for gnawing. Keep an eye on your baby as any piece may break off and pose a choking hazard. 
  • Use pain medicines
    Make sure to consult your healthcare provider before giving any medicine to your baby. Over-the-counter pain meds such as acetaminophen could help but they could also mask symptoms that are important to know.

If you have other concerns regarding your child’s teething, you can call us. At Cakmes Dental Studio, we have a team who can help you. We take pride in providing the best dental care for our patients.

To schedule an appointment, you can call us (865) 584-6163.






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How do I fix bad breath?

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Halitosis is different from the usual “morning breath” or strong smell that stays after eating a tuna sandwich. It’s chronic bad breath that extends for a certain period of time and can be a sign of something more serious.

What causes halitosis?

Chronic bad breath can be a symptom that something is going on with your body, including:

  • Dental issues
    Cavities and gum disease are common mouth issues that can cause halitosis. Both of these conditions create extra places for bad breath-causing bacteria to hide, making them more difficult to clear out when brushing or flossing.
  • Dry mouth
    Your saliva plays an important role in your dental health. It helps remove unwanted leftovers in your mouth and aids in the breakdown of food. If you don’t make enough saliva, you may suffer from bad breath. This can happen as a result of medications, certain conditions, smoking, and excessive alcohol use.
  • ENT infections
    Infections of the ears, nose, and throat may cause bad breath. It’s because the bacteria feed on the mucus that the body produces when it’s battling an infection.

What are the remedies for halitosis?

Fortunately, there are ways you can do to fix your bad breath problem.

  1. Maintain good oral hygiene
    Many cases of halitosis are linked to poor oral hygiene. If you don’t brush and floss your teeth very well, the mouth breaks down the tiny pieces of food that are caught between your teeth. This can produce an odor similar to rotten eggs.

    Also, if you don’t brush and floss your teeth well, it can provide a very suitable environment for bad breath-causing bacteria to thrive.
  2. Don’t forget to scrape your tongue
    Regular brushing and flossing helps but it’s not enough. Remember, the tongue also houses tons of food particles. So, it’s important to include it as part of your oral hygiene routine.

    Get your tongue cleaned by brushing it or using a tongue scraper.
  3. Check in with your dentist
    If you’ve been consistent with your oral hygiene routine and still suffer from bad breath, you may want to schedule an appointment with your dentist. With a good, thorough cleaning and exam, your dentist can determine what causes your halitosis and can advise you on your next steps.

    Cakmes Dental Studio has well-experienced dental staff who can help you with any dental health issues. We take pride in the quality of dental care we provide to our patients. To request for an appointment, you can call us at (865) 584-6163.





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Babies and Tooth Decay

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Baby teeth may be temporary but they are important. If you lose them too early, the remaining teeth may move and may not leave any room for the adult teeth to come in. And if left untreated, tooth decay in babies may cause severe pain and life-threatening infections.

What causes tooth decay in babies?

Tooth decay in infants and very young children happens when the baby’s mouth is infected by acid-producing bacteria. The bacteria can be passed on from the caregiver to the baby through saliva. It could be through cleaning off the pacifier in the caregiver’s mouth or sharing spoons and cups.

The biggest culprit of tooth decay in babies is the sugar that clings to the infant’s teeth for a long time. This can happen when infants are handed with pacifiers dipped in syrup or sugar and giving a sugary drink at naptime or bedtime.

Why tooth decay in very young children is an issue?

Baby teeth play a significant role in speaking, chewing, and smiling. They also serve as placeholders for adult teeth. If they are severely damaged early on, they may need to be removed. 

When babies lose their teeth too early, he or she may end up having crooked teeth, poor eating habits, and speech problems. 

How to prevent baby tooth decay?

As a caregiver, there are things you can do to prevent this from happening:

  • Don’t fill bottles with sugary drinks like fruit juice (even if it’s mixed with water) and soft drinks.
  • Never allow your child to sleep with a bottle containing anything but water.
  • Never dip your child’s pacifier in anything sweet.
  • Reduce your child’s sugar intake especially before nap or bedtime.
  • Wipe your baby’s gums teeth with clean gauze or washcloth after each feeding.
  • When the first tooth comes in, begin brushing your child’s teeth with a toothbrush without toothpaste.
  • Begin flossing when all the teeth have come in.
  • Schedule regular dental visits. 

Cakmes Dental Studio takes pride in providing high-quality dental care for families. To request an appointment, you can call us at (865) 584-6163.





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What is Cerec restoration?

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At Cakmes Dental Studio, we use the latest dental technology to help you achieve your most beautiful and natural smile. One of the advanced  technologies that we have adopted is CEREC.

What is CEREC?

CEREC or Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics is a computer-aided restoration technique. It uses a machine that combines a camera, computer, and milling instrument to create tooth restorations in the dental office, in just a single visit.

Traditionally, tooth restoration takes several visits to the dentist as the process involves sending your tooth mold to an outside lab and creating a temporary crown for you. This part of the process is eliminated in CEREC. 

This system isn’t just more efficient than the traditional restoration process, but it’s also shown to be safer and more effective.

How does it work?

The process begins with your dentist preparing your tooth for restoration. Using advanced software and technology, CEREC takes a photo of the treatment area and converts that into a 3D virtual model.

With feedback from your dentist, the machine creates the final tooth restoration. The milling instrument that it comes with precisely carves a ceramic block based on the exact specifications of your restoration. Your dentist will ensure that the restoration fits well in your mouth before polishing and bonding it to your tooth.

The whole process usually doesn’t take longer than 2 hours.

What are the benefits of CEREC restoration?

Since CEREC uses advanced digital technology, the tooth restoration has a much better fit. This significantly decreases your chance of getting tooth and gum infections as gaps in the teeth and gums can be breeding grounds for bacteria. 

Metal restorations may contain some toxic chemicals that may be hazardous to your health. This won’t happen in CEREC as all of its restorations are metal-free.

Lastly, tooth restorations done through CEREC last long and feel more natural than restorations done traditionally.

Want to find out if CEREC would work well for you? Call us 865-584-6163 for more info. 




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