There are many times in your life when dental care is particularly important and when you have diabetes is one of them. If you have been diagnosed with the disease, diabetes it is important to let your regular dentist know about your diagnosis. Your dentist will then know to take special care of your teeth and to be especially careful about checking for signs of infections during your dental examinations. If a diabetic gets gum infections it can make it more difficult to control blood sugar. It can also be difficult to heal a gum infection once it starts when the individual is a diabetic. It can take longer for the gum infection to heal and if the infection is serious, the diabetic can experience loose teeth. If the diabetic is able to manage blood glucose levels the chance of gum disease decreases.
It is important for anyone to keep natural teeth instead of wearing a denture because natural teeth can chew foods better and easier and if a person does develop a gum disease the infected and sore gums can make wearing dentures difficult.
To help a diabetic be as healthy as possible it is important to have good dental health. Good dental health just doesn’t happen you plan on having good dental health by making sure that you go to your dental appointments every six months and you take good care of your teeth, tongue and mouth. Brush with a soft toothbrush using a non-abrasive toothpaste that has fluoride in it. Brush twice a day and floss once a day. Remove all food debris from teeth by flossing at least once a day flossing between each and every tooth.
If you are a diabetic, smoking can make dental health more difficult. Talk to your doctor or dentist about ways to quit smoking in order to improve your dental health.
Diabetics can also help to improve the odds for good dental health by eating nutritious foods, and by monitoring dental health and the condition of the mouth and tongue in-between dental visits. Notify the dentist of anything out of the ordinary.
As we age it is easy to become lax about brushing and flossing because some elderly people mistakenly believe that cavities are only for kids. That simply isn’t so because adults and seniors can get cavities too.
Managing diabetes by getting blood glucose under control is one way to prevent gingivitis and promote healthy mouth, gums and teeth. Managing the diet is one thing a diabetic is used to because a healthy diet is vital to being healthy in body as well as keeping healthy teeth.
Diabetic Dental Health Checklist:
See a dentist every 6 months or when dental problems arise
Brush teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day or when food is caught between teeth
Monitor the health of your mouth and teeth in-between dental visits and alert dentist if you notice any signs of gingivitis or infections or sores of the mouth, tongue or cheek
Eat a healthy diet
Monitor proper levels of blood glucose