Diabetes and Dental Health
For many who suffer from diabetes, there is a lack of awareness about oral and dental complications it can actually include in the health deterioration uncontrolled diabetes can lead to. Recent researches showan increased prevalence of periodontal diseases among diabetics. If you are diabetic and suffer from uncontrolled sugar levels, then you are at a greater risk for dental problems.
Diabetes can reduce the blood supply to the gums leaving them vulnerable to infections of the gum and the bone. Periodontal diseases leads to pain, bad breath and chewing difficulties which can consequently result in tooth loss. Diabetes also slows down the healing inferring with the treatment of periodontal diseases. A visit to the dentist is a must if you have new-onset or long standing diabetes for best solutions in oral care routine.
Wellmaintained sugar levels within a normal rangeis the ideal solution to prevention of oral health deterioration. Other habits include Eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise and abstinence fromsmoking to keep the blood sugar levels normal. Changes in lifestyle and dental check up every six months ensures treatment of infections and minor dental problems as early as possible to avoid escalationof any problem.
If you are planning to undergo dental treatment, speak with your dentist and your endocrinologist for modification in your medication if necessary. If you suffer from any of the following conditions, rush to your dentist:
⇒ Sore or Swollen Gums
⇒ Bad Breath for a prolonged period
⇒ Bleeding Gums
⇒ Receding Gums
⇒ Loose Teeth
⇒ Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled tooth brush and a toothpaste which containsfluoride. Avoid vigorous or harsh scrubbing.
⇒ Floss your teeth at least once a day.
⇒ Look for early signs of gum diseases
⇒ Make sure your dentist knows you have diabetes
⇒ Do not Smoke. Smoking increases the chances of serious diabetic as well as gum related complications.
Managing Diabetes is a lifelong responsibilityand it means taking proper of your condition with changes in your lifestyle suiting the circumstances as the changes may vary as one grows older, with seasonal changes; being afflicted with seasonal challenges such as common colds, cough; any intermittent infection in your body etc. Changing your pattern towards a healthier lifestyle immediately will reward you with a lifetime of healthy gums and a beautiful smile.