What are the oral threats for Diabetic patients?Bleeding gums, swollen gums, recession of gums, bad breath, itchy gums, and loose teeth.
Dr. Ankita Gada Dental Director at Sabka dentist says “Diabetic patients should not ignore the symptoms of Dry Mouth. Cavities can easily form in the absence of saliva production, increased bacterial growth may lead to further complications.”
Your mouth naturally contains several kinds of bacteria. When starch and sugar in food interacts with these bacteria it forms a sticky layer on the surface of the teeth. The acids in plaque start to wear down the surfaces of the teeth (enamel). If not cleaned this can lead to cavities and gum disease.
Dr. Jena Shah Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “The greater your blood sugar level, the larger the supply of sugar and starch — and more the risk of acid wearing away at your teeth.”
- Fungal infections
Diabetics are more prone to develop fungal infections of mouth as the fungus thrives on the high levels of sugar in the saliva of people with uncontrolled diabetes.
- Delayed healing
People with uncontrolled diabetes tend to heal wounds slowly after oral surgery because blood flow to the treatment site can be impaired.
How Your Dentist Can Help to Fight Oral Difficulties
Regular dental checkups are important. Research studies show that treating gum disease can help to balance blood sugar in patients with high sugar levels. Following good oral hygiene and having professional deep cleanings done by your dentist can help.
Let your dentist know
- If you are diagnosed with diabetes
- If it is controlled or not
- If you take insulin or not
Your oral hygiene routine should include
- Brushing twice daily
- Floss daily
- Limited sweet intake
- Using fluoride toothpaste
- Visiting your dentist regularly.
Dr. Reena Waghela Dental Director at Sabka dentist says “Your oral care at home is primarily important. However make sure you are not missing regular dental checkups, this will allow your dentist to spot dental threats and prepare a treatment plan for you.”