Diabetes is one of the most common diseases diagnosed within the United States and around the world. Diabetes affects the body’s ability to process sugars. Many people who have diabetes don’t realize that it can also affect their mouth and oral health. Periodontal disease is the most common dental disease found in individuals with Diabetes. Due to poor blood sugar control and being more susceptible to infections, having Diabetes makes it vital that plaque and bacteria on the teeth and gums be removed daily. When “bad” bacteria thrive, the gum tissues eventually breakdown and become infected causing periodontal disease.
Tips for Controlling Diabetes and your Dental Health:
– Control blood sugar levels (this helps the body fight infections and relieve dry mouth)
– Brush twice a day, every day with a soft toothbrush to reduce bacteria and avoid tissue trauma
– Floss every day to help eliminate bacteria in between the teeth
– Schedule regular dental checkups; if gingivitis is present, it can be reversed
– Try to make morning appointments to avoid hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
– Make sure to eat before dental appointments
– Maintain a healthy diet
– Avoid using any form of tobacco