1. Those with diabetes are more likely to develop gum problems
2. Gum problems can influence the development of diabetes
This is not a one-way street. Just as diabetes can affect oral health, oral health can affect diabetes. Serious gum disease may cause blood sugar to rise and may make diabetes harder to control. Serious gum disease can also contribute to the progression of diabetes.
3. You can control both your gum disease and your diabetes
Practicing good oral hygiene can help control your gum disease. Be sure to go to your dentist for regular check-ups and inform him of any changes you notice in your mouth. Diet and exercise can also contribute to minimizing the effects of diabetes and preventing gum disease. Some tips include:
- Keep your blood sugar as close to normal as possible.
- If you have dry mouth, try a mouthwash without alcohol.
- Brush your teeth after every meal. Wait at least 30 minutes after eating before brushing to protect any tooth enamel that’s been softened by acid in the food.
- Use a toothbrush with soft bristles.
- Floss at least once a day.
- Rinse daily with an antiseptic mouthwash.
- If you wear dentures, remove them and clean them daily. Do not sleep in them.
- If you smoke, talk to your doctor about ways to quit.
4. Your doctor and dentist need to work together
Your dentist should be informed about your diabetes, and your doctor should know about your oral health condition. They need to work together to create a cohesive treatment that will help both conditions.
If you have any further questions about diabetes and oral health, feel free to contact us today.