Having diabetes is definitely going to affect more a lot of your overall health, but one affected area you may not realize is your teeth. It’s true – not taking care of your diabetes and blood levels will likely cause more dental issues down the road beyond cavities. Because it is a blood-related disease, poorly watched diabetes can lead to oral infections.
Dry mouth is common among people with diabetes. And because saliva is important to oral health, when not producing enough, bacteria thrive, tissues can get irritated and inflamed, and your teeth can be more prone to decay. But worry not – there are lots of simple things you can do to keep things under control. After all, you have a new lifestyle now, and this is going to be an allover lifestyle change:
- Make sure you brush at least twice a day and floss once a day
- Use an antibacterial mouthwash twice a day to help curb bacteria that can cause plaque buildup on teeth and gums
- Check your mouth for inflammation or signs of bleeding gums and report any findings to your dentist
- Visit a dentist for a cleaning at least every 6 months to clear up any plaque that has begun to build up
The most important thing you need to do when diagnosed with diabetes is to make sure your dentist knows that you have diabetes and any meds you take. You may even need to see a periodontist who specializes in gum disease.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding diabetic dental tips, contact Williams Dental and Orthodontics at (918)396-3711 or williamsdentalok.com.
Williams Dental and Orthodontics proudly serves Skiatook, Sperry, Collinsville, Hominy, Tulsa and Owasso.