Dental Care and Diabetes - How does diabetes affect your teeth? How to take care?

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People with diabetes are more prone to dental infections because diabetes reduces the body's immunity system to fight against infections. High levels of sugar act as as an ideal medium for the growth of bacteria and fungus that leads to infections and inflammations. Keeping blood sugar levels in control helps to maintain the teeth and gums in a healthy condition.

Diabetes and Dental Care

Diabetes reduces the effectiveness of the body’s immunity system to fight off infections, due to this people with diabetes are more prone to gum and teeth infections. It is very important for people with diabetes to take extra care of their teeth and gums.

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How diabetes can affect the teeth and gums?

1. When blood sugar levels are not in control there will be an excess of sugar in the saliva. High levels of glucose in the saliva will act as a medium to help bacteria to grow and cause infections.

2. Diabetes can cause Gingivitis or gum disease.

** gums can bleed easily and become red and swollen

** gums may be pulled away from the teeth

Due to this there will be a constant bad taste or bad breath in the mouth.

3. People with diabetes are more prone to infections by Oral candidas, a fungus. This is because a high level of glucose in the saliva acts as a very good medium for the fungus to grow.

4. People with diabetes are also prone to infections by thrush, a fungus that causes burning sensations in the mouth and tongue.

5. When blood sugar is not under control the mouth becomes dry because the salivary glands produce less saliva. This can lead to ulcers, infections, soreness of the mouth and tooth decay.

6. After a dental surgery the tissues in the mouth heal very slowly for people with diabetes because the blood flow to these areas is less.

Make sure that your blood sugar is in control before going in for a dental surgery. Inform your dentist about all the medications you take for diabetes.

7. Diabetic people who smoke are at a higher risk of diseases related to the gums and teeth.

Daily Dental Care - How to take care of your teeth?

Brush your teeth twice daily, in the morning and before going to bed. If possible try to brush your teeth after every meal.

Floss your teeth using dental floss once a day to prevent plaque buildup on teeth.

Use soft bristled tooth brush so that you do not injure your gums.

If you wear dentures, remove them and clean them daily. There are special powders to clean dentures.

Get your teeth and gums cleaned by a dentist twice a year.

Use antibacterial mouth rinses. Antibacterial mouth rinses can reduce bacteria that cause plaque and gum diseases.

Follow a healthy diet and exercise regularly to control blood sugar levels in order to prevent dental diseases affecting the teeth and gums.

References

webmd.com
mayoclinic,com

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
28th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you for this helpful post vellur
Bless you
Stella

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author avatar vellur
28th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you Stella.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
28th Nov 2013 (#)

Interesting post

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author avatar vellur
29th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you Fern Mc Costigan.

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author avatar vellur
29th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you Fern Mc Costigan.

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author avatar Retired
29th Nov 2013 (#)

Very informative. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar vellur
30th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you, carolford.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
30th Nov 2013 (#)

Very important...thank you vellur an outstanding article...:0)

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author avatar vellur
30th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you, Delicia Powers.

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