How to Increase the Oral Health of Someone with Diabetes
Posted on 1/15/2020 by OHIOSmiles
Diabetes affects many people around the world. While many people think diabetes only affects their bodily health, it also affects their oral health.
In fact, diabetes sufferers are more likely to experience gum disease than a person without diabetes. That's why it's important to take extra care of your mouth if you suffer from diabetes.
One way that diabetes affects oral health is by making your mouth constantly dry. Research has shown that large fluctuations in blood sugar levels halts the production of saliva. It's not only important to keep your blood sugar levels in check to avoid passing out, but also, it's important because it can cause a dry mouth. A dry mouth may not seem that bad, but saliva plays a crucial role in deterring bacteria growth in the mouth.
Steps to Take There are many ways to combat a dry mouth. One way is to stay hydrated throughout the day. Drinking enough water throughout the day will help you maintain good blood sugar levels and keep your mouth refreshed. Another way to combat a dry mouth is to use a mouthwash without alcohol. Alcohol will dry your mouth further, but luckily, there are many mouthwashes available without alcohol.
People who suffer from diabetes also need to make sure to commit to proper oral hygiene. Because diabetes sufferers experience gum disease more often, brushing and flossing at least twice a day will help to prevent gum disease. Alongside brushing and flossing daily, you can come visit our dental office for regular teeth cleanings.
Brushing and flossing alone aren't enough to stop bacteria turning into plaque, which leads to gum disease. Scheduling regular dental cleanings will make sure your gums and teeth are safe from decay and infection. If you're interested in scheduling an appointment, please call our office, and we'll be happy to help you!