When most people think of their blood sugar, they immediately think about diabetes! And when most people think of complications of diabetes, they usually think of an increased risk of blindness, limb amputation, heart disease, and neutopathy. However, we wanted you to know that emergening research is revealing a possible connection between uncontrolled diabetes and dental problems. Whether you have type 2 diabetes or type 1, uncontrolled high blood glucose level increases the risk of certain oral health conditions including:
- TOOTH DECAY
- PERIODONTAL DISEASE
Diabetes And Proper Dental Care
If you have diabetes, it is more importance than ever to take your dental care seriously and practice excellent oral hygiene. These recommendations will help:
MANAGE YOUR DIABETES. First and foremost, it is vital to control your high blood sugar in accordance with your physician's instructions - not only for the sake of your oral health, but your overall health. With properly controlled blood sugar, you reduce the risk of developing gingivitis and oral health issues.
PRACTICE GOOD AT-HOME ORAL HYGIENE. This means brushing at least twice a day and flossing. At a minimum, brush your teeth in the morning and at night, but after meals and snacks if you can. Use a soft toothbrush to avoid injuring your gums. Don't neglect flossing, because it helps to remove plaque below the gumline and between teeth.
VISIT THE DENTIST REGULARLY. While it is important to see the dentist every six months even if you do not have diabetes, it is even more crucial to have a professional teeth cleaning and dental exam if you have diabetes. As dental professionals, our team at Thomas Family Dentistry is able to detect early dental conditions before they develop into something more serious and costly.
BE CONSCIENTIOUS ABOUT EXAMINING YOUR OWN GUMS AND TEETH. By looking for early signs of gum disease, which can include bleeding gums, irritated gums, gums that are red (verses a healthy pink), or swelling, an early diagnosis and treatment can be started immediately.
Managing diabetes takes effort, not only in watching your diet, exercising, monitoring your blood sugar levels, and taking your medication, but obtaining proper dental care. If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!