Diabetes and Oral Health
You may be wondering what in the world the connection between diabetes and oral health might be. Diabetes deals with glucose levels and diet, right?
In fact, people living with diabetes are at a higher risk for periodontal disease and developing dental cavities.
How does diabetes affect your oral health?
Diabetes itself puts people at higher risk for poor oral health, but it is also the medications that may increase the risk. Those with diabetes sometimes are forced to postpone a dental treatment to make sure their glucose levels are ready for a procedure. All of these factors combined make it more difficult to be consistent with oral healthcare.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is the most advanced stage of gum disease. At this stage of gum disease, there may be some loss of tissue and bone, which leads to teeth becoming loose and moving around. This also results in pain, bad breath, and even tooth loss in serious cases. Read more about gum disease by clicking here!
How can you make sure your oral health is in check?
- Maintain a stable at-home dental hygiene routine- brush twice a day, and don’t forget to floss
- Every six months, visit the dentist for a cleaning and evaluate your dental care plan
- Work towards quitting smoking, if you smoke
- Take note of your sugar intake in both food and drinks