Oral Care with Diabetes
Having diabetes makes life harder in several aspects. One of these aspects is dental and oral health. Patients with diabetes must be vigilant with their cleaning practices, as they are much more susceptible to disease and other serious issues. Here is some information about handling oral care with diabetes.
There are billions of bacteria in your mouth at any given time. If these bacteria settle into your gum tissue, you are at risk for gum disease. Diabetes causes poor blood glucose control, which results in higher risk of gum disease. Conversely, developing gum disease, or any disease for that matter, can worsen the effects of diabetes. Gum disease can affect blood glucose control, making the situation a sort of two way street.
Other oral health issues diabetics are at risk of include:
• Fungal infection
• Dry mouth
• Tooth infections
There are several important steps to follow in order to maintain your oral and overall health. The first is to keep your blood glucose levels under control. If this is an issue, it is essential that you see your doctor immediately, as there could be serious effects. Secondly, be sure to see your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. Professional cleanings are the only way to eliminate plaque and tartar. Your dentist will also take the time to review your brushing and flossing techniques, and correct any errors in your routine. Furthermore, if you are a smoker, quit as soon as possible. Smoking not only causes and worsens oral diseases, but also makes it harder to recover from them.
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