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Lowering Chances of Diabetes with Good Oral Health

The sweet tooth. Who knew that it could cause so much trouble. It’s no surprise that too much sugar can lead to cavities, but a lifetime of too much sugar consumption may lead to diabetes, a disease that affects your body’s ability to process sugar and turn it into necessary energy. Diabetes attacks in so many ways. Most commonly known for increased risk of stroke or heart attack, there is a big link between diabetes and oral health.

What is Diabetes?

Our body naturally produces insulin, the hormone that turns sugar into energy and then carries that  energy to needed cells. Whether it’s Type 1 Diabetes (where your body doesn’t produce enough insulin) or Type 2 (where your body has built up a resistance to insulin), the effects of unregulated blood sugar can cause havoc on your entire system, including your mouth.

Those living with diabetes are at a higher risk for:

  • Gingivitis (an early stage of gum disease)
  • Periodontitis (serious gum disease)
  • Thrush (an infection caused by fungus that grows in the mouth)
  • Dry mouth (causes soreness, ulcers, infections, and cavities)

The most notable risk associated with diabetes and oral health is periodontal disease, an inflammatory disease that can destroy gums, the tissue holding the teeth and eventually even the bones. According to the American Dental Association, periodontal disease is the most common dental disease among those living with diabetes, affecting nearly 22% of those diagnosed. Like all infections, gum disease may be a factor in causing blood glucose to rise and may make diabetes harder to control. Poor blood sugar control can result in inflammation in the gums, thereby allowing excess bacteria to enter into the bloodstream, and making infections harder to ward off.

Diabetes and Oral Health Dental: Plan of Action

Regular dental visits are critical. Keep your dentist informed of any changes in your condition and any medication you are taking.

In addition, make sure to:

  • Control your blood sugar through a healthy diet and medications, if prescribed
  • Stop smoking
  • Maintain good oral health care habits to include brushing and flossing daily
  • Practice good care for any dentures or partials
  • Make sure your blood sugar is in good control before having any non-emergency dental procedures

Research has shown that treating your gum disease may actually assist in lowering your blood sugar. Good blood sugar control will also help your body fight any bacterial or fungal infections in your mouth and help relieve dry mouth caused by diabetes. Living with diabetes requires vigilance to diet and overall health care. Taking control of your diabetes and oral health go hand-in-hand as good habits lead to improved health. Dr. Mitchmore and the entire team at LifeSmiles understand the risks of diabetes and oral health and are ready to help you maintain your best smile. Contact the team who is here to help you keep your oral health on track.

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Toni’s favorite thing about working at LifeSmiles is the beautiful scenery. When patients are having anxiety about their dental appointments, she creates a fearless atmosphere with her charisma and warmth. She is passionate about helping every patient achieve their dental health goals. She says she truly loves being part of a team where she can grow professionally and personally.

Outside the office: Toni loves spending time with her husband and their sons. She also likes to show off her green thumb with her work in her garden.


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Travel around the world and learn about other cultures and regions.

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Mike began his career at LifeSmiles seeking an opportunity to expand his skillset and advance his career. Today he works at Dr. Michmore’s side through dental procedures and surgeries. He loves working at LifeSmiles because the entire team is continually learning and keeping up to date with the newest advancements in dentistry.

Outside the office: Mike enjoys barbecuing on his patio, traveling, and spending time with his family. He’s a dog dad of two: Tati and Tito.


Bucket list item:
To visit Thailand and Dubai and to try skydiving!

Your hero: Mike looks up to his parents and is forever grateful for the life lesson they taught him; respect, manners, strength, and to be a go-getter. He continues to carry these things with him with everything he does.

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Sandra is 44 years old and has a learning disability. At LifeSmiles, Sandra stocks patient rooms and the coffee bar. She does all kinds of special projects like decorating for holidays and preparing awesome gifts for our patients.

Sandra loves being around all her friends and is proud to wear a LifeSmiles shirt, jacket, and name badge. You’ll always find her smiling and helping make our patients smile too.

Outside the Office: Sandra likes to go fishing with her family, swim, go to dances, and walk the mall with her friends. She is very active in the Special Olympics. This year, Sandra won second place in the state volleyball tournament (go, Sandra!). She sings in her church choir and every other year goes on an international trip with them.

Spirit Animal: Butterfly. She likes them because they are pretty.

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Andie is married with one son, Logan and now lives in The Woodlands. She grew up in Sugar Land and has followed in her mother’s footsteps – she has been in dentistry for over 35 years. Andie actually started out working in the office with her mom and learned many things from the way she worked.

Andie has been a Lead Dental Assistant for most of her career. She has worked for many specialists including oral surgeons and periodontists. She has extensive training in all facets of dentistry but especially enjoys the surgical and cosmetic side. As a science nerd, dentistry fascinates Andie and gives her a sense of accomplishment.

At LifeSmiles, she is our “Director of Details”. Andie is known for being a perfectionist because she likes to gather as much information as possible and go the extra mile to match Dr. Mitchmore’s high standards. She truly loves being part of our dedicated team of professionals who go above and beyond for our amazing patients.

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John became a new patient of LifeSmiles in 2008. He likes to tell people he was not allowed to leave. John worked down the street for 14 years before joining the team. He has a passion for meeting new people and extending genuine hospitality.

Often the first person people meet on the phone and when they walk in the door, you can count on John for a warm welcoming smile. You can even ‘hear’ it over the phone. He says, “I believe everyone deserves the red carpet treatment and love seeing other people smile.”

John hears stories every day how someone’s smile is holding them back. He can barely contain his excitement when shouting the praises of Dr. Mitchmore and the entire team. He shares passionate stories of how the transformations people have received at LifeSmiles, changed their lives.

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Bucket List Item: To live in a foreign country for one year, somewhere near the beach. Take some time to write an epic love novel loosely based on my large Italian family.

Your Hero: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”. While fictional, the character incorporates admirable qualities from real life people. She believes in the goodness of everyone, keeps on going and moves forward despite any obstacle. She is able to find humor in other people’s quirks, accepts them and makes sense of it all. Plus, she’s a little outrageous too.