Oral Care for Patients with Diabetes
Diabetes and Periodontal Disease
Keeping ones blood glucose levels in control is what a diabetic person’s top priority in dealing with oral health is. This is because if you have diabetes and your blood glucose is erratic, you will likely develop periodontal disease or gum disease. There is a great possibility of untimely loss of teeth. These and the fact that gum disease will also cause an increase of blood sugar level which makes your diabetes difficult to control. They actually go hand in hand and can be very dangerous.
If you have to think about it, uncontrolled blood glucose causes gum disease; gum disease brings about high sugar level in the blood; high blood sugar results to uncontrollable blood glucose. It will become an endless cycle you might not be able to get out if you are not careful. So you have to keep your gums and teeth by following a good oral hygiene of brushing at least 2 times a day and flossing your teeth daily.
It also helps to visit a dentist regularly – at least twice a year. A professional cleaning is an absolute must twice a year for a diabetic patient. This is to remove plaque and buildup from your teeth and gums that would lead to gum disease. This is the only way to remove the tartar off the teeth to prevent periodontitis. That is why you have to mention to your dentist if you have diabetes to help you with your oral care. Also let your dentist know of all the medications that you are taking.
When to know you have gum disease?
Diabetes patients will always need to look out for any signs of gum disease. This will help to keep it from getting worst and affect the patient’s blood sugar. The following are the warning signs you are developing a gum disease.
- Swollen, red or tender gums
- Gums bleed while brushing or flossing your teeth
- Gums are receding
- Bad breath that won’t go away
- Pus in between teeth and gums
- Change in the bite
- Loose teeth due to bone loss
- Fit of partial denture or bridge may change
Other symptoms to watch out are white patches around your tongue which will indicate a fungal infection or ulcers or sores which may indicate dry mouth. You will need to consult your dentist right away when you see any of these symptoms.
In conclusion, it is essential for diabetics to keep a meticulous mouth. You need to keep your regular dental checkups and cleanings, as well as a very good home care-brush 2-3 times a day and floss once a day. This will help reduce the risk of gum disease and infections which can be very dangerous to a diabetic who is already very prone to infections.
If you have diabetes, call our office for an appointment right away to discuss your special options of keeping a healthy mouth. 323-771-7254.
By Ladan Zinati