As with any complicated health issue, there are a lot of opinions and beliefs surrounding the diabetics’ oral health. Below are some common questions I am asked, along with answers.
I don’t have to worry about gum disease, right? I brush every day and control my blood sugar.
According to the CDC, nearly half of adults over 30 suffer from gum disease. Over 26,000,000 people in the US have diabetes. New research suggests the relationship between serious gum disease and diabetes is two-way. Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious gum disease, gum disease may affect blood glucose levels, contributing to the progression of diabetes. Because gum disease is prevalent and diabetics are nearly twice as likely to develop gum disease, regular dental visits are critical to maintaining your overall health.
I brush and floss everyday. What other steps can I take as a diabetic concerned about gum disease?
- First, control your blood glucose level. This can prevent or relieve dry mouth. Some additional tips:
- Gently brush your tongue daily; removes bacteria and freshens breath
- Tilt the toothbrush at a 45°angle against the gum line; roll the brush away from the gum line.
- Use floss twice daily. Slide floss up and down; curve it around the base of each tooth.
I see you twice a year – that’s enough, right?
Regular dental checkups are critical for evaluating dental health and for treating problems in early stages. Your dentist may recommend more frequent visits and procedures to maintain strong oral health. Remember: the Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health states that good oral health is integral to general health.
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