Diabetes and Dental Health Care

How your blood sugar level can impact on dental health

It is estimated that there are around 3 million people in the UK who have diabetes. This disease causes high blood sugar and leads to people becoming more susceptible to a number of medical conditions, some of these are dental related and this article looks at diabetes and dental health care and how to manage the relation between the two.

Amongst the most common of all dental problems reported by London dentists in diabetics  is gum disease. The two main diseases are gingivitis and periodontitis. The former results in the tissues of the gum becoming sore and inflamed whilst the latter occurs at a later stage if gingivitis is not treated. Once this stage is reached it is likely to lead to damage to the jawbone causing the teeth to become loose and eventually fall out.

diabetes can impact gum healthBecause, in diabetics, the amount of sugar in saliva is likely to be raised, the teeth will constantly come into contact with sugar throughout the day and night. This leads to a rise in bacteria in line with their food supply. In some diabetics this can cause additional problems as the healing process can be much slower than in non diabetics. Another diabetes related problem is dry mouth. Once again, this is an ideal environment for bacteria as there is no saliva to wash them away and they can do their damage unheeded.

It is of course important to follow your doctor’s advice and keep diabetes under control through any medications that he prescribes. By doing this, you are likely to reduce the amount of dental problems that you have.

Do make sure of course to visit your dentist in London and keep up appointments so that any potential problems can be nipped in the bud early on. In between visits though, there are a number of things which you can do, as a diabetic, to keep your oral health in good shape. Many of these also apply to non diabetics but others are specifically tailored to their needs:

  • Avoid sugary foods and other foods which raise the blood sugar levels
  • Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and avoid dry mouth
  • Don’t smoke – This both increases the risk of infections and reduces healing capabilities
  • After eating a meal, clean your teeth to remove any sugary substances
  • Make sure that you brush your teeth a minimum of twice a day
  • Don’t eat or drink any acid producing foods and drinks
  • Keep regular appointments with your London dentist; at least twice a year and more if he recommends it.
  • If you don’t already, add flossing to your daily routine. This will help significantly to reduce gum disease.
  • Use a mouthwash if your dentist recommends one
  • Denture wearers should ensure that they remove them and give them a good clean daily.
  • Don’t delay if you feel you have a dental problem, make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as you can.

Although, as a diabetic, you may be at an increased risk of oral health problems, it doesn’t mean that you have to be a prisoner to them and following these few simple guidelines will go a long way to minimising any problems that you may have.

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