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Diabetes and oral health are closely linked. People with diabetes have a higher risk of experiencing oral health problems, and poor oral health can make managing diabetes more challenging. Let’s explore this relationship:
Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease):
Diabetes can increase the chances of developing gum disease. High blood sugar levels lead to more glucose in your saliva, creating an ideal environment for harmful bacteria in your mouth.
This can result in gum inflammation, bleeding, and eventually, periodontal disease.
Gum Disease and Diabetes Control:
Gum disease can also make it harder to control blood sugar levels. Inflammation from periodontal disease can affect insulin’s effectiveness, leading to higher blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.
Poorly managed diabetes may make you more susceptible to oral infections, like fungal infections (e.g., thrush) and bacterial infections.
Diabetes and some medications can cause dry mouth, where you have less saliva. Saliva helps clean your mouth and neutralize harmful acids produced by bacteria.
Dry mouth increases the risk of cavities and other oral health problems.
Delayed Wound Healing:
People with diabetes may experience slower wound healing, which can be a concern after dental procedures or surgery.
To maintain good oral health with diabetes:
1. Control Blood Sugar Levels:
Keeping blood sugar levels in check is crucial for preventing and managing oral health issues.
2. Regular Dental Check-Ups:
Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. They can catch and treat oral health issues early.
3. Oral Hygiene:
Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss daily, and use mouthwash as recommended by your dentist.
4. Manage Dry Mouth:
If you have a dry mouth, talk to your dentist. They can suggest ways to relieve it, like saliva substitutes.
5. Inform Your Dentist:
Keep your dentist updated about your diabetes and any changes in your health or medications.
By taking these steps to maintain good oral health and effectively manage your diabetes, you can reduce the risks and complications associated with both conditions. Work closely with your healthcare team, including your dentist and primary care physician, to keep both your oral health and diabetes in check.
Contacting Longwood House Dental
At Longwood House Dental, we are here to support you in achieving better oral health, especially if you’re managing diabetes. Our dedicated team is highly experienced in providing exceptional care.
Book your dental check-up today! Let’s work together to ensure your smile and well-being are in great shape.
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