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Special Care for Diabetes Patients

special care for diabetesSpecial Care for Diabetes Patients

If you have diabetes, the number one thing you can do for your oral health is keep your blood glucose levels as normal as possible. Here’s why: When your blood glucose levels are poorly controlled, you’re more likely to develop gum disease and lose teeth than people who don’t have diabetes. In turn, gum disease could cause your blood sugar to rise, making your diabetes harder to control. So it’s imperative that you keep your teeth and gums clean by brushing twice a day and flossing daily. And if you wear dentures, remove and clean them every day.
Keeping up with twice yearly dental visits is also crucial for patients with diabetes. A professional cleaning is the only way to remove the plaque and tartar that lead to gum disease. Also be sure to discuss your diabetes status and current medications with your dentist at each dental visit.

Warning Signs: Gum Disease

Because diabetes makes you more prone to developing gum disease, it’s important to be able to identify the warning signs. These are the most common:
– Bleeding gums when you brush or floss
– Red, swollen or tender gums
– Receding gums
– Pus between the teeth and gums
– Persistent bad breath
– Loose permanent teeth
– Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
– Changes in the fit of partial dentures or a dental bridge
Also keep an eye on other symptoms that might develop, including white patches on your tongue, which could indicate oral thrush, an infection caused by fungus that grows in the mouth, and soreness and ulcers in the mouth, which could be a sign of dry mouth. If you notice any of these symptoms, see your dentist.

Diabetes can contribute to dental health issues

Diabetes can contribute to dental health issues

Diabetes can Contribute to Dental Health Problems

Did you know diabetes can contribute to dental health problems?  Research shows that there is an increased chance of gum disease among people who have diabetes.  Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes and 86 million Americans have prediabetes according to the American Diabetes Association.

As a person with diabetes, being susceptible to gum disease adds to a long list of associated complications that can occur.  Heart disease, Neuropathy, Eye Damage, Foot Damage and Kidney Disease are just a few complications that are affiliated with this disease.

How Does Gum Disease Affect a Person with Diabetes?

Research suggest that people with diabetes are more susceptible to serious gum disease.  Serious gum disease has the potential to affect blood glucose levels and contribute to the advancement of diabetes. Gum disease is more prevalent with people with diabetes because they have a decreased ability to fight bacteria that penetrates the gums.  With less ability to fight infection a bacterial infection can occur in the mouth or gums.

If  your blood glucose levels are poorly controlled, you are at a much greater risk to develop gum disease and lose teeth.  Poorly controlled blood glucose levels damages blood vessels and overtime will cause hardening and narrowing of the arteries.

Other oral problems associated with diabetes are thrush, dry mouth, ulcers, infections and cavities.

How do I Reduce my Risk of Gum Disease with Diabetes?

The most important thing to remember is to control your blood glucose levels.   Poorly maintained blood glucose levels are dangerous as it can effect much more than your oral health.   Next, take good care of your teeth and gums.  Daily brushing and flossing is imperative for healthy gums and teeth.  Finally, make regular checkups at your dentist every six months.  If you have diabetes, make sure to inform your hygienist and dentist. People with diabetes have special needs.  Your dentist and hygienist will make sure they meet those needs.