If you have diabetes, you will already know that it can cause many health problems and requires careful monitoring. It is, however, important to be aware that diabetes can increase your risk of developing oral health problems, too.
Your diabetes team will help you to manage your blood sugar level to cope with the condition, and a higher blood sugar level can increase your risk of tooth decay, gingivitis, periodontitis and other oral health conditions. You should seek help from your dentist if you experience any problems with your teeth and gums, including swollen or bleeding gums, receding gums, loose teeth or bad breath.
Dental Care Tips For Diabetes:
Here at Guiney Dental Clinic, we would always advise our patients to take care to protect their teeth and gums. This is especially important if you have diabetes, and the following tips may be helpful:
1. Brush and floss daily. You should brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day, and floss on a daily basis. This is very important in order to prevent a buildup of plaque, and you can ask your dentist or dental hygienist to show you the most effective way to do this.
2. Visit your dentist regularly. It is vital to visit your dentist on a regular basis, and ensure that he or she knows that you have diabetes. Your dentist can help you to keep your teeth clean, as well as monitoring any signs of developing problems.
3. Eat well. The foods and drinks you consume can have a huge effect on your health, and avoiding sugary drinks and snacks is important for your teeth, too, as these can cause tooth decay and other problems in the mouth. Eating a well balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables will help to maintain a healthy body as well as healthy teeth and gums.
4. Drink lots of water. Drinking water can help to rinse bacteria and debris away from your teeth and dilute the acids and sugars that can damage them. You should aim to drink 1-2 litres per day, in addition to any other fluid intake.
5. Do not smoke. Smoking is a risk factor for many serious health conditions, and it can further increase your risk of developing problems if you have diabetes. You can seek help to stop smoking from your doctor or care team, and this will also help to protect against gum disease and cancers the mouth and throat.
Need a Good Dentist In Cork?
At Guiney Dental Practice, we can help you to care for your teeth for life. Our friendly dentists and dental hygienists will be happy to welcome you to our practice and to speak to you about any aspects of your dental care. To make an appointment, call the Guiney Dental Clinic today on 021-481 0535.