Mouth and Dental

Care of Your Teeth and Gums When You Have Diabetes

People with diabetes have a greater risk for gum (periodontal) disease when blood sugar is high. And gum disease can cause higher blood sugar levels, which makes it hard to fight infection, including infections in the mouth. To help prevent dental problems, each day: Keep your blood sugar levels within your target…

Chipped or Broken Tooth or Dental Appliance

A chip or break in a tooth may occur suddenly with an injury or develop slowly over time because of wear and tear. A chip, crack, or break in the tooth enamel is less serious than one to a deeper layer of your tooth . A chip may result from grinding the teeth at night. A dentist can recommend a course of treatment for…

Cleft Lip

What is cleft lip? Cleft lip is a treatable birth defect. It happens when the tissues of the upper jaw and nose don’t join as expected during fetal development. This causes a split (cleft) in the lip. A cleft lip may be complete or incomplete . With either type, it may involve one or both sides of the upper lip and…