Newly Diagnosed Diabetes Patients
If you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, you may be finding it difficult to come to grips with the news. Luckily, having diabetes doesn’t prevent you from leading a normal life and enjoying all the same activities your peers take part in. While many people with diabetes report having positive healthcare experiences, others report doctors being stand-offish, simply suggesting that they take their prescriptions and move on. If you are in the second camp, make sure you find a physician who can sit down with you and discuss the ins and outs of your condition so that you won’t have to feel so lost and alone. At Diabetes Dental Care, we specialize in caring for your oral health needs and monitoring any changes you might notice as your diabetes progresses, so don’t hesitate to contact our team of experts for advice or keep up to date through our blog.
Most of us already know that diabetes is linked to high glucose/sugar counts in the blood, however many may not know that a healthy lifestyle and oral health can play a big role in the condition as well. If you have diabetes, you will have to monitor your oral health to ensure you don’t develop oral infections. These are often non-symptomatic, meaning you might not be able to recognize them on your own. At Diabetes Dental Care we strongly advise our patients to have an oral health check up once a year to ensure their diabetes control is not negatively affected by any recent occurrence in your mouth.
Understanding Medication and Treatment
While not all people with diabetes end up requiring medication, many do. When you meet with your physician, make sure to ask the following questions to ensure you get all the information you need:
- What time should I take my medicine?
- How much of it do I need to take?
- Are there any side-effects I should be aware of?
- If there are side-effects, how do I cope with them?
- Will this medication have any interactions with other medicine I take?
- Do you have a prescription service in place? How does it work?
When we have dental problems, we often stop chewing or eating properly. It is essential that this is discussed with one of our experts at Diabetes Dental Care, as bringing you back to normality as soon as possible can have a great impact on your diabetes control as well.
Know Your Numbers
Unfortunately, diabetes and health complications are often correlated. Typically, health issues arise when high blood glucose levels are combined with high blood pressure and high cholesterol over an extended period of time. Having diabetes means being exposed to health complications like blindness, kidney failure, amputations of the lower limbs, and heart disease. Studies have shown than an estimated 35,000 deaths occur annually in the UK due to diabetes. In other words, 1 in 20 deaths are diabetes-related.
We know that Severe Periodontal Disease (gum disease), not only leads to tooth loss, but is also associated with a higher risk of cardiorenal mortality. The good news is that Periodontal Disease can be controlled and prevented if treated properly, and this is what we are here to help you with.
Luckily, arming yourself with knowledge can help you avoid developing these serious conditions and allow you to live a long and fruitful life. Doctors also recommend learning more about your blood glucose levels, blood pressure, and cholesterol, in order to discover how to track these numbers and manage levels properly.
Diabetes Support Group
Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with diabetes, or you’ve been living with diabetes for years now, it never hurts to have additional support. While friends and family can help, having support from others with diabetes can be particularly useful. Consider joining our diabetes dental care forum to get involved in discussions, share your experience, and get all your pressing questions answered.