Last month, on July 29th, we hosted a lecture on the link between Diabetes and oral health and presented our findings to the Young Diabetic Patients Group. A staggering 50% of the attendees had not paid a visit to the dentist in the last six years. Attendees reported suffering from bleeding gums, and admitted to not flossing or cleaning in-between their teeth at all. When we received this disconcerting feedback, it only served to once more underscore the importance of dental education, particularly for people with Diabetes.
Along with disseminating vital dental care information, we also provide important health services at the Diabetes Dental Care center. We focus on helping patients manage their symptoms and getting their oral health under control.
Here are some important facts on Diabetes and dental care.
People with Diabetes and poor dental habits are more prone to:
- Dry Mouth
- Exacerbated gum disease
- Higher count of oral bacteria
- Increased plaque build-up
- Bad breath
- Bleeding gums
- Mouth ulcers
As bleak as it sounds, these unfortunate side-effects can be easily avoided with the right preventative measures:
- Thoroughly brush and floss at least twice daily
- Stay on top of your check-ups (visit your dentist every 6 months)
- Quit smoking immediately
- If you use dentures, clean them on a regular basis
- Brush your teeth after eating
- Most importantly, regulate blood sugar levels
The best way to ensure you are doing all that you can to protect your teeth and gums is by consulting a dental professional who is an expert in Diabetes oral health. Also, keep in mind that though there is a strong connection between Diabetes and the state of your teeth, your oral health is not past the point of no return. By being armed with the latest information and remaining diligent in your dental care habits, you can steer clear of these unpleasant side-effects, and live a carefree, healthy life.
For more information on Diabetes Dental Care, please visit our website at: https://www.diabetesdentalcare.co.uk/ and feel free to give our staff a call for answers to all your questions. We look forward to helping you gain the upper hand in your fight for dental health.