High-Risk Dental Factors from Diabetes: Part 2 – Steps to Control the Problems  

In a previous blog, the topic of what serious dental risks people with diabetes face was addressed.

It was stated that those with diabetes can suffer an increase in having cavities, gingivitis and periodontal disease.

But the good news is, there are 4 important steps you can take, if you have diabetes, to ensure that cavities, gingivitis, and periodontitis aren’t something you’ll have to worry as much about.

Control your blood sugar levels.

  1. Make sure you’re following your doctor’s orders and limiting your intake as necessary. When you are tested for your levels (every 3 months) be sure to inform your dentist of the results. It’s important for your dentist to know these numbers too.
Brush and floss
Brush and floss

Brush and floss your teeth!

  1. As mentioned in the previous blog, this is the first line of defense against having problems develop as a result of diabetes. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Make sure you’re removing the plaque build-up that can lead to it turning in to tarter which then causes the other issues previously discussed.

 

Replace your toothbrush every 3 months.

  1. You may also consider an electric toothbrush. But the head still needs to be changed on a regular basis. If you have trouble using just the floss, try using a floss holder.

 

See your dentist regularly.

  1. Let your dentist know you have diabetes each time you visit. It may be helpful to also share your doctor’s contact information with your dentist as well. Keep your professional cleaning and checkup appointments so they can track any signs of gum disease early. You can also help by letting the dentist know if you see any signs of redness, irritation, or bleeding gums too.

Whether you have Type 1 or Type 2, diabetes is something that can be controlled. And while it will take a lifetime of attention, the result is you’ll feel the best you can and your teeth and gums will be in good shape too!

In addition to this topic, we’re pleased to offer a FREE report that provides information vital to forming good dental habits. Why not get your copy now? The Smart Patient’s Guide to Wisdom Teeth, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.

 

Also, for further information, make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at West Airdrie Dental at 587 317 7713 or click here to visit our website.

High-Risk Dental Factors from Diabetes: Part 1 – What You Should Know   

If you have diabetes, you’re most probably aware of the problems to your body this disease can cause. But, were you aware high blood sugar, due to diabetes, also affects your teeth and gums?

 

The fact is, high blood sugar can increase your risk of:

 

Cavities:

  • It’s a known fact that sugar contributes to the level of plaque build-up in your mouth. The higher your blood sugar level, the more plaque build-up you can expect. If not properly taken care of, you can count on having cavities.

 

progression of gum disease
progression of gum disease

Gingivitis:

  • You’ve probably heard the terms ‘tartar’ and ‘plaque’ used interchangeably by some people. But they are two different things. The fact is tartar is hardened plaque that builds up under your gum line. Diabetes affects the way your body fights bacteria which begins the process of forming plaque. If you don’t stay on top of eliminating the bacteria through regular brushing and flossing, the plaque forms, and tartar begins to affect the gums at the base of your teeth. This process leads to gingivitis.

 

Periodontitis:

  • If gingivitis isn’t treated properly, periodontitis sets in which begins to eat away at the bone and soft tissue that actually support your teeth. This can lead to tooth loss. People with diabetes tend to have more severe cases of periodontitis because they’re slower to heal and have a weakened ability to fight infection. As an aside, periodontitis can also make your blood sugar levels rise.

 

In this case, if you have diabetes, the best defense if a good offence. Brushing and flossing without fail is a great way to ward of these issues.

 

In addition to this topic, we’re pleased to offer a FREE report that provides information vital to forming good dental habits. Why not get your copy now? WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GUM DISEASE, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.

 

Also, for further information, make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at West Airdrie Dental at 587 317 7713 or click here to visit our website.