For a long while now, research has proven the distinct link between Diabetes and oral health. The most common oral health problems affecting individuals with Diabetes are:
• Increased risk of gum disease or gingivitis (inflammation of the gum)
• Increase risk of dental decay
• Decreased salivary flow/ dry mouth – which is linked to increased risk of dental decay
• Slower healing time compared to healthy individuals in regards to extractions or dental surgeries.
• Mouth ulcers
• Increased risk of oral fungal infections/thrush. To help prevent oral health problems;
- Blood sugar levels should be monitored regularly (with close communication with your GP)
- Have a healthy diet and avoid processed foods, high carbohydrates or hidden sugars
- Drink plenty of water to avoid any dry mouth complications
- Have a good oral hygiene routine (involving brushing 2x daily and cleaning
in between your teeth with floss or other cleaning aids)
- Visit your dentist every 6 months – as we always say prevention is better than cure! Your dentist can assess your dental risks and give you specific advice to help avoid any complications.