As if people with diabetes don’t have enough to worry about already, oral health is a high priority for patients with uncontrolled insulin deficiencies. The link between uncontrolled diabetes and oral health may not seem obvious, but is definitely a two-way street. Patients that are unable to keep their blood sugar under control are at a higher risk for gum disease and periodontitis. The reverse is also true. Patients with gum disease and periodontitis have a harder time regulating their blood sugar.
A regular home routine to take care of your oral hygiene is essential for patients with diabetes. Be sure to brush, floss and rinse with mouthwash regularly, using correct technique and time. You should also regularly check your teeth and gums forsigns of bleeding or inflammation. Redness and spontaneous bleeding along the gum line may indicate early gum disease, also known as gingivitis. Common recommendations also include regular dental check ups every six months. If you notice signs of early gum disease or increased cavities, you may want to visit your dentist more often. Be sure to let your dentist know that you have been diagnosed with diabetes so he or she can tailor your oral care to fit your needs.
The link between blood sugar and oral health is clear. Other health problems related to your mouth and teeth that are associated with diabetes include fungal infections, dry mouth, cavities, and delayed healing after surgery. Talk to Dr. Grabial today about ways you can improve your diabetes and oral health.