29.1 million Americans have diabetes. However, it’s estimated that 8.1 million more have it and don’t even realize it. Both Type I and Type II diabetes cause elevated blood sugars. When left unchecked, high blood sugar can lead to serious problems with the heart, kidneys, eyes, and other areas of the body. This is why it’s so important to learn the signs of diabetes and have your blood sugar checked regularly by a qualified physician.
Dental Problems and Diabetes
Although people living with diabetes are typically warned about the health effects of this common disease, many people don’t realize the effects diabetes can have on their dental health as well. People with poorly controlled diabetes are more likely to experience dental problems such as dental decay, cavities, and gum disease.
Saliva contains glucose. In people with uncontrolled diabetes, high glucose levels in saliva can encourage harmful bacteria to grow. This bacteria combines with food to create a sticky film called plaque. If left untreated, plaque can cause tooth decay and other dental problems such as bad breath and gum disease.
People with diabetes produce less saliva. This increases the chance of dental problems. Diabetes can affect blood supply to the gums, increasing the chance of infections of the gums and the bones that hold the teeth in place. Bleeding and pain are typically the first sign of a problem, although some people also experience frequent infections, trouble tasting food, and delayed wound healing.
It’s important to call your dentist if you experience:
- Bleeding gums
- Frequent infections
- Bad breath that doesn’t go away
Preventing Dental Problems When You Have Diabetes
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, it’s extremely important to keep your blood sugar levels as close to your target as possible. Your doctor can help you determine your ideal blood glucose level. They can also let you know what to do if your numbers are too high or too low.
Proper care of your teeth and gums is important if you wish to avoid dental issues in the future. Brush your teeth regularly using a soft toothbrush and a high quality dental gel like LIVFRESH. Use small, circular motions and brush gently with your toothbrush angled towards your gum line. Make sure to change your toothbrush every three months or sooner if the bristles appear worn. Floss at least once a day to prevent plaque buildup between the teeth.
It’s important to visit your dentist at least twice a year. Always follow your dentist’s advice and make sure to take care of any problems right away. It’s also a good idea to let your dentist know if you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes as well as any changes to your health or medications. It might be helpful to show your dentist the results of your most recent diabetes blood tests.
People with uncontrolled diabetes often need to take antibiotics before and after dental treatment. Ask your dentist prior to your visit if medication is required.
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