Taking Care of Your Teeth for Diabetic HealthThursday, March 13th, 2014, 8:43 pm
March 25 is American Diabetes Day, and although dental health should be an important part of everyone’s life, it’s especially important for those with diabetes. Studies have shown that patients with diabetes are especially susceptible to various types of oral infections and gum disease, which is also known as periodontal disease. In a catch-22 situation, diabetic patients with active gum disease also have a more difficult time controlling their blood sugar levels.
Here are several tips for how diabetics can better maintain their oral and dental health:
- Get regular check-ups. Along with an annual, routine dental exam, it’s important to get a cleaning every six months. Besides keeping your mouth feeling and looking clean, regular visits to the dentist will help to preemptively catch and treat any potential dental and oral problems.
- Watch out for the signs. Since people with diabetes are more prone to infections and certain dental conditions, it’s important to know what signs and symptoms to look out for. For example, uncontrolled diabetes often leads to a decrease in saliva flow, which then causes dry mouth. Other diabetes-linked health issues and conditions to keep an eye out for include bleeding gums, gum inflammation or tenderness, and gingivitis.
- Don’t ignore healing issues. Those with diabetes – especially if they are having a hard time controlling their blood sugar – may notice that cuts or sores take longer than usual to heal. If there is a sore, ulcer or sensitive area in the oral tissue that is taking a substantial time to heal, it’s vital for the patient to visit their dentist to address this issue right away. Poor healing may also be a sign that the area’s blood flow may be damaged or hindered, so seeking treatment as soon as possible is vital for dental health.
- Control your blood sugar. Oral health issues are more likely to develop when blood sugar levels are not being properly monitored and controlled. Always strictly follow your doctor’s instructions about watching, checking and controlling your blood sugar levels. Whether that is by following a special diet, taking medication or giving yourself insulin injections, staying on top of your sugar levels will benefit your dental and overall health.
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