Diabetes is a disease that can affect the whole body- including the mouth people with diabetes face a higher than normal risk of oral health problems.
WHY ARE PEOPLE WITH DIABETES MORE LIKELY TO DEVELOP ORAL HEALTH PROBLEMS?
Link is high blood sugar levels- it weakens white blood cells which are the body’s main defense system against bacterial infection that can occur in your mouth.
- Dry mouth.
- Gum inflammation- swelling and bleeding through Gums.
- Poor healing of oral tissues.
- Burning mouth.
- Frequent oral infections.
WHAT IS THAT YOU CAN DO
- Make a commitment to manage your diabetic status.
- Brush your teeth at least twice daily.
- Floss your teeth for at least one day.
- Make sure your dentist knows you have diabetes.
- Look for early signs of gum disease- any redness, swelling, bleeding, burning sensation, loose teeth.
- Don’t smoke- increases the risk of diabetes complications.
- Schedule regular dentist visit: visit your dentist at least twice a year for professional cleanings, X-rays, and checkups.