The Diabetes–Oral Health Connection. How to Help Yourself if You Are Diabetic
Posted by AMAYA DENTAL on Feb 24 2022, 10:23 PM
The connecting link between oral health and diabetes is the high level of sugar in the blood. Poorly controlled blood sugar leads to oral health problems. This can weaken the white blood cells that fight against the bacterial infections that could occur in the mouth.
Oral Health Problems Associated With Diabetes
People suffering from diabetes have an increased chance of:
- Dry mouth:When diabetes goes uncontrolled, they lead to dryness in the mouth due to the decrease in saliva. This can further result in ulcers, soreness, infections, and tooth decay.
- Thrush:This is a fungal infection of the mouth and tongue that affects diabetic people who take antibiotics to fight various infections. The use of dentures can also lead to fungal infections.
- Burning mouth and/or tongue:This is caused by thrush.
- Poor healing of oral tissues: Diabetic people find it hard to heal after oral surgery or other dental surgery since blood flow to the site could be damaged.
- Periodontitis and gum inflammation (gingivitis):The blood vessels thicken which slows down the flow of nutrients to and waste from body tissues, including your mouth. Due to these problems, the body loses its ability to fight infections.
How To Prevent Oral Health Problems If You're Diabetic
Diabetic patients should take special care of their oral health by practicing good oral hygiene. This is because they are more prone to infections that could harm their oral health. Here are some suggestions:
- Make sure that your blood sugar level is as close to normal as possible. Let your dentist know the status of your diabetes. Good control of the blood sugar level is indicated by a level under 7%.
- If you’ve had an insulin reaction (episode of low blood sugar) in the past, be ready for another possible insulin reaction.
- Make sure to give your dentist’s number to your doctor. It will be easier to pass information should any questions or concerns arise. Visit your doctor before you schedule for the treatment of periodontal disease.
- Provide a list of all the medicines and dosages you take to your dentist. This will be useful when prescribing medicines that do not interfere with the medicines you already use.
- Postpone non-emergency dental surgeries if your blood sugar is not under control.
Visit Amaya Dental, 815 NW 57th Ave #344, Miami, FL 33126 for any questions or concerns. You can also schedule an appointment online or call us at (305) 264-2711.