Diabetes & the Impact on Oral Health
Oral Health and Oral Hygiene
Patients with diabetes have a higher risk of oral health problems due to the inability to control blood sugars. Diabetes compromises white blood cells which are designed to fight bacterial infections that can occur in the mouth. Symptoms diabetic patients may face include;
- Dry Mouth
- Gum Inflammation
- Burning Mouth
If you are experiencing dental or oral issues due to Diabetes make an appointment to see a dentist in Westborough. If you are diabetic it’s important to have your teeth and gums cleaned and inspected by a dentist at least twice per year. You should floss at least once per day and brush your teeth 30 minutes after each meal with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Never sleep in dentures and always clean them daily. If you are a smoker, talk to your dentist about methods for stopping.
Talk to your dentist about the status of your diabetes at each appointment.
Practicing good oral hygiene habits and keeping blood sugar levels under control will help reduce the potential for infection and will lessen the risk of getting periodontal disease or tooth loss. Talk to your dentist about the status of your diabetes at each appointment. And keep your diabetes doctor informed of your dental condition. If you are scheduling treatment for periodontal disease or are scheduling any oral surgery you may need to take pre-surgical antibiotics or charge your insulin dosage or meal schedule.
It takes a team effort to ensure patients with diabetes have optimal overall health and wellness. Your diabetes doctor and your dentist at All Dental Westborough will rely on you to communicate your condition and your health status. Giving your dentist the name and phone number of your diabetes doctor is a good idea in case the need ever arises for your dentist to communicate directly with your doctor.