Diabetes And Oral Health

Posted on : 13-04-2013 | By : Haddon Suttner | In : Dentist and Dentistry, Oral Health, Preventive Dentistry

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Diabetes is a common disease with concomitant oral manifestations
that impact dental care.People with poorly controlled diabetes have a
higher risk of tooth problems and gum disease than people without
diabetes. This is because they have lowered resistance to infection
and may not heal as easily. If you have diabetes, you need to pay
particular attention to your oral health and dental care, as well as
controlling your blood glucose levels. Visit your dentist regularly
for advice about how to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Researches suggests that the relationship between gum disease and
diabetes is two-way. Not only are people with diabetes more
susceptible to serious gum disease, but serious gum disease may have
the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the
progression of diabetes. Research suggests that people with diabetes
are at higher risk for oral health problems, such as gingivitis (an
early stage of gum disease) and periodontitis (serious gum disease).
People with diabetes are at an increased risk for serious gum disease
because they are generally more susceptible to bacteriCommon oral
health problems.

Oral Health Problems

The most common oral health problems affecting people with diabetes
are:

1. Periodontal (gum) disease
2. Gum abscesses
3. Tooth decay
4. Fungal infections such as thrush
5. Lichen planus (an inflammatory, autoimmune skin condition)
6. Mouth ulcers
7. Taste disturbances
8. A dry, burning mouth (low saliva levels)

How To Prevent Teeth

If you have diabetes, you should do the following to prevent tooth
and gum problems:

1. Follow your doctor’s advice about diet and medications to keep
your blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible.
2. Thoroughly clean your teeth and gums twice a day with toothpaste
that contains fluoride.
3. Use dental floss or interdental cleaners every day to clean
between your teeth.
4. Visit your dentist
5. Avoid having a dry mouth

For further details take guidelines from your dentist. You may call Dr. Haddon Suttner for any type of dental problems on 02 9365 6197. For details about the services visit Dentist Bondi.

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