What are the oral threats for Diabetic patients?Bleeding gums, swollen gums, recession of gums, bad breath, itchy gums, and loose teeth.
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.
- 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.