The Importance of Proper Oral Care with Diabetes
Among the many dangers of diabetes are diseases in the mouth, such as periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a gum disease that causes infection of the gums and bone that can make it painful to chew food, and can eventually end in losing teeth. Of course, this is but one of the serious concerns that needs to be considered, but there are also gingivitis and periodontitis—another severe type of gum disease—to watch out for. Good oral care is essential to a healthy mouth and healthy body, particularly for one with diabetes.
When a patient is experiencing periodontal disease, the gums actually start to come apart from the teeth. This, of course, is not only painful, but there are empty pockets of air that are between the gums and the teeth, which leave it wide open for pus, germs and infection. Once the disease hits this stage, the teeth will start to fall out and the bone in the gum that holds the teeth in place will start to deteriorate. All of this can mean painful surgery in order to get the gums back in shape as well as to replace the bone that has been destroyed. This is a long and painful process.
There are several signs that someone should learn to watch out for when it comes to gum disease and diabetes. This can include bad breath, gums that are tender, swollen, red and bleeding, finding pus between the teeth and the gum area by pressing on your gums, loose or separating teeth, teeth that don’t seem to fit the same after you eat some food, and dentures and bridges that no longer fit correctly. If a patient starts to experience any of these symptoms, it is important to get to the dentist as soon as possible for a checkup. The dentist will help you with starting preventative measures to keep it from progressing.
Someone with diabetes needs to take extra special care of their oral hygiene more than anyone else. It is important to have a checkup once every six months like clockwork, or even more often if the dentist feels that they are more at risk. They should let their dentist know that they have diabetes, explain their family history, and tell them if they have any other medical conditions as well.
Another preventative measure is to use toothpaste that has an antigingival/antibacterial ingredient in it for at least two minutes each day. This can help to fight against gingivitis and keep the mouth healthy and clean.
In order to keep your mouth healthy, managing your diabetes properly is an absolute must. Taking medications as prescribed and keeping blood glucose levels modified can help in the fight against gingivitis and other oral issues. It is also found that those with diabetes who have medical conditions with their mouth also tend to have high blood sugar levels, which means that the diabetes is not under control. Controlling diabetes goes hand in hand with a healthy mouth.
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