Diabetes and Oral Health

April 25, 2017

Many of us are aware that factors such as poor oral hygiene and smoking can lead to poor oral health, but not so many of us are aware of the link between diabetes and oral health.

As it’s Diabetes Awareness Week, we wanted to help alert people to the link between diabetes and a decline in oral health, and give some advice on what you can do to lessen the risk of diabetes related oral health issues.

Serious gum disease and diabetes have a two-way relationship. People with diabetes are more likely to face serious oral health problems, and gum disease can also influence blood sugar control.

Other oral health problems that have been associated with diabetes include thrush and dry mouth.

So, what do you need to look out for? Well, as with any other oral health concern, the symptoms can include:

·         Sore or swollen gums

·         Bleeding gums

·         Receding gums

·         Loose teeth

·         Bad breath

There are a number of things you can do to lessen the risk of oral health problems occurring. Many of these solutions should be carried out by everybody to maintain good oral hygiene, however, diabetics should take certain, extra precautions.

To help reduce the risk of oral health concerns you should:

·         Control your blood glucose levels.

·         Take good care of your teeth and gums by brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and using interdental cleaning methods (floss or interdental brushes) daily.

·         Avoid smoking.

·         Visit the dentist regularly.

We also advise that you make your dentist aware of your diabetes and keep them up to date with any changes in your condition, so that they can offer you the correct care and advice.

If you would like a consultation to discuss your dental health and to have a check, please call us.