Risks and precautions of Dental Diseases as a Diabetic
What dental diseases are you prone to if you have diabetes?
Dental diseases are a part and parcel of having diabetes. There are several potential dental diseases that a diabetic has to take care of apart from just maintaining their blood sugar levels.
- Tooth decay (cavities)
Sugar has always been known as a source for the breeding of bacteria in one’s mouth. When there is sugar intake or sugar discharge in the body that often leads to cavities or tooth decays.
All the patients suffering from diabetes are more prone than anyone else to develop a fungal infection called Oral Thrush. It is characterised by white or red patches inside one’s mouth.
- Dry mouth
Diabetes generally leads to a reduction in salivary flow hence resulting in a dry mouth. A reduction in saliva increases the risk of tooth decay and oral thrush. Reduction in the salivary flow leads to gum and tooth disease
- Gum diseases
Gum disease commonly called as periodontal disease are the diseases of the gums. People with diabetes are prone to developing periodontal diseases and this has been linked to causing heart strokes
How to ensure dental care as a diabetic?
As a diabetic, the next step on getting to know about the threats of oral diseases due to diabetes which in turn is capable of inducing other fatal diseases, one must look for the following ways to combat and prevent oral diseases:
Keep in mind that you need to monitor your blood sugar level along with that you need to follow your doctor’s instructions for maintaining a healthy blood sugar level. Better the blood sugar levels, lesser the risks of any dental diseases.
Flossing your teeth daily should be a habitual thing. This prevents the accumulation of any leftover food particles and therefore the chances buildup of bacteria decreases.
Visit your dentist regularly. For someone with diabetes, the chances of dental disease are at an all-time high and keeping that in mind regular check-ups are a must.
If you are someone who wears dentures, don’t forget to remove them and clean them daily.
Although this is one of the most talked-about topics, this still deserves a mention nevertheless and that is brushing your teeth at least twice a day. Out of both the times, post-dinner being the most crucial time slot.
Avoid vigorously brushing your teeth as it could harm your gums
Make sure your dentist knows you that you have diabetes. Never forget to remind your dentist that you have diabetes so that they can give you assistance accordingly.
Always lookout for early signs of gum disease. Do not ignore any signs however mild it may be. Visit your dentist immediately and get it diagnosed.
Smoking increases the risk of serious diabetes-related diseases, including gum disease and ultimately, loss of your teeth.
Diabetes causes one to develop the condition of dry mouth, regular sips of water help.
Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
It is highly important as a diabetic patient to be mindful about one’s sugar levels also keeping in mind what diabetes brings along. One of the complications being dental diseases. A diabetic should know about all the risks related to dental diseases and all the preventive methods to avoid and/or combat any dental complications.
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