If you have any type of health condition, it is important that you understand how correlates to the health of your mouth. Diabetes is one condition that can be directly affected by your gum health, and any negative effects can significantly impact your health and your life. There is an increased occurrence of gum disease among those who suffer from diabetes, making it essential that those who have diabetes take special care to protect the health of their mouths.
Those who suffer from diabetes are more vulnerable to developing gum disease because they are more susceptible to bacterial infection due to having a decreased ability to fight off the natural bacteria that develop inside the mouth each day. It is this daily buildup of plaque that can cause more trouble for those with diabetes than those without.
Plaque is the sticky white substance that forms on the surfaces of the teeth each day. It is made up of millions of acid-producing bacteria that work to break down left over particles from the foods and beverages that you consume. As these bacteria work to help the mouth, they produce more and more acids to do their job – eventually attacking the teeth and gums. Those who suffer from diabetes must always understand the importance of extremely good oral hygiene. Flossing daily and brushing at least twice a day is a must in order to remove plaque buildup from the teeth. People with diabetes have a higher glucose level in their saliva, which actually increases the growth of bacteria inside the mouth. And because these bacteria are mostly attracted to sugar, those with diabetes have to be extra diligent about fighting off gum disease. For those with diabetes, any of the following oral symptoms need to be addressed by your dentist right away:
- Swollen, tender, red gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Gum recession
- Frequent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
- Loose teeth
- Change in the way that your teeth fit together
Maintaining optimal oral health is extremely important for those who have diabetes. At Gold Hill Dentistry, we want to partner with all of our patients in order to help them achieve and maintain a healthy mouth for life. Call us today.
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