How to take care of your oral health when you have diabetes

September 11, 2020, Langley Dental Practice

The way you take care of your oral health, and the way you brush your teeth and apply mouthwash and your eating habits have a lot to do with diabetes.

And it’s that if you are a diabetic person, you know that blood sugar is the cause of great damage to the body. Where of course, teeth and gums are included.

However, all is not lost. If you lead a life with good habits, and take good care of your oral hygiene, you will be able to prevent any underlying pathology that may appear due to diabetes.

Am I more likely to suffer from dental problems if I have diabetes?

It’s not a fact that you will surely suffer from a dental problem just because you have diabetes. However, if blood glucose levels are not properly controlled, the chances of developing advanced gum disease or losing more teeth will be greater than people who do not have diabetes.

Also, like all infections, gum disease can be the cause of an increase in the body's glucose levels and makes diabetes control very difficult.

Among the other dental problems that can arise due to diabetes are:

• Candidiasis (Infection caused by fungi that grow in the mouth)
• Dry mouth
• Ulcers
• Infections
• Cavities

If you wish, you can access the Los Algodones Dentist’s Guide portal to get extra information about diabetes and its impact on oral health.

How can mouth problems related to diabetes be prevented?

The first thing to do is to keep a good control of glucose in the blood. After that, it’s best to see a dentist every six months to ensure good care of the gums and teeth.

On the other hand, to control candidiasis very well, the most recommended according to Dentistaen Mexicali is to control diabetes very well. Avoid smoking tobacco at all costs, and if you use dentures, clean them very well and dry them daily.

Also, good care can be the difference between having oral problems or enjoying full health.

• Controls diabetes very well

You should see a doctor to indicate the treatment you need to control your blood sugar level. The better you control your sugar levels, the lower your chances of suffering from oral disease.

• Brush your teeth frequently every day

Ideally, you should brush your teeth in the morning, afternoon, and evening. After each meal and snacks, to avoid food remains between the gums and some type of bacteria can develop.

• Use dental floss

Flossing should become your best friend, as it will help you remove embedded food between your teeth and thus avoid infection.

• You should inform your dentist that you have diabetes

If necessary, every time you go to an appointment with your dentist remind him that you have diabetes. In addition to asking him and making sure he has the contact information with the doctor who helps control your diabetes.

• No Smoking

If you smoke, you increase your risk of very serious complications from diabetes. Including gum disease, and in very extreme cases, the total loss of teeth.

If you need to get in control with a dentist, you can access the Dental Solutions portal to get the best possible care.

Most common oral diseases caused by diabetes

When you have diabetes, you are more prone to developing these types of diseases:

• gum disease

This is because the healing process is much longer than that of a person without diabetes, so it becomes much more frequent. And it’s produced mainly, if you do not have good control of diabetes.

• Fungi that cause infection

The immune system is affected by diabetes, making it much more prone to fungal infections.

• Slow healing

In this case, keeping diabetes under control is of the utmost importance. And in case of being committed to dental surgery, the doctor must prescribe drugs against infections. Thiswillpreventcomplicationsfromoccurringlater.

Enfermedades bucales más comunes provocadas por la diabetes

Cuando se sufre diabetes, se es más propenso a desarrollar este tipo de enfermedades:

• Enfermedad de las encías

Esto es debido a que el proceso de curación es mucho más largo que el de una persona que no padece diabetes, por lo que se vuelve mucho más frecuente. Y es producida principalmente, si no se tiene un buen control de la diabetes.

• Hongos que causan infección

El sistema inmunológico se ve afectado por la diabetes, por lo que se vuelve mucho más propenso a padecer infecciones asociadas a hongos.

• Curación lenta

En este caso, mantener la diabetes controlada es de suma importancia. Y en caso de ser cometido a una cirugía dental, el medico deberá recetarle medicamentos contra las infecciones. Así se evitará que ocurran complicaciones más adelante. 


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