Another reason why your Oral Health is so important
Good oral health is important for all individuals. However, diabetes and dentistry go hand in hand. Those with diabetes are at higher risk for gum problems; and there is a direct correlation between oral health and blood glucose levels. Maintaining oral health allows the diabetic to better compliment his or her other efforts and sustaining level blood glucose.
The health of your gums is an important indicator of overall oral condition. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to fight gum disease, such as:
- Brush teeth twice a day.
- Floss teeth every day.
- Obtain regular check-ups with your dentist.
- Look for signs of gum disease on your own, in between dental visits.
The issue for diabetics is the condition weakens the mouthâ€™s germ-fighting abilities. When blood sugar levels are not in control, gum disease is a threat. Conversely, the presence of gum disease makes it more difficult to control diabetes.
When you visit your dentist disclose your diabetic condition so you can receive the most suitable care. Dr. Greenberg needs to know any infections or challenges you may face with your blood sugar levels. Other tips for successful dental care include:
- Follow your usual diet before a dental appointment. It is ideal for your blood sugar level to be in normal range when dental work is performed. For diabetics taking insulin, scheduling a morning appointment and consuming a normal healthy breakfast is advantageous.
- Medications should be taken normally unless changes are advised by your doctor and dentist. The team may decide adjustments need to be made; particularly when a surgical procedure will be performed. Dr. Greenberg may also suggest the use of antibiotics before dental procedures.
- When dental surgery is warranted, ensure blood sugar is under control. In urgent situations, speak with your dentist regarding options for extra monitoring before and after your procedure.
For the diabetic, a healthy smile takes team effort between the patient, the dentist and the diabetes management team. You are the most important player; as it is you who administers the care of teeth and gums on a daily basis.Back to Dental Library Page