Oral Care and How It Helps You Take Control of Your Dental Health
Oral care is of the utmost importance for patients with diabetes. Brushing and flossing is recommended at least two times a day, most effectively after breakfast and dinner. It would also be good to make them a habit after meals and even after snack times. For patients with diabetes, the number one concern is the emergence of an infection. The mouth has a high potential for infection and the management thereof would be difficult if complications arise.
Since the inside of the mouth is moist, it possesses a high risk for a lot of conditions caused by infections. The effect would be different between someone with diabetes and someone who does not have diabetes because it takes a longer time for diabetic patients' wounds to heal as compared to someone who is not diabetic. Given these risks, diabetic patients should regularly use a soft bristled toothbrush and lightly brush their teeth and gums to avoid friction injuries that cause bleeding. It is also recommended to use toothpaste that has fluoride to make your teeth more resistant to tooth decay. Flossing is recommended once or twice a day, preferably with a wax-type floss of your choice.
A healthy mouth will never impose threats that complicate your diabetic condition; therefore the management of your dental health is dependent upon you and on how you act in maintaining it.
Complications You Should Avoid
There are two serious complications that you have to avoid in your oral cavity. The first one is a condition called gingivitis. This is simply the swelling at the base of your teeth and is basically caused by the build-up of plaque that has hardened. When you do not brush your teeth or floss, the residues of things you have taken into your mouth stick and collect on your teeth. Because they were not removed they form a harder substance called tartar and this harbors bacteria. Swelling happens when the bacteria have proliferated around the gum line and it becomes easy for bacteria to enter the inner membranes of the gums. When the swelling is left untreated the bacteria goes inner and causes your gums to be infected.
The second one is called periodontitis. This condition is a more advanced state of gingivitis because the bacteria have already entered the soft tissue and bone that is supporting the teeth. The roots of the teeth are likewise infected, therefore making your teeth susceptible to loosening and would be posing more threats for the bacteria to even go deeper.
These complications will not happen if you seriously practice correct and regular oral care. Your goal is to strengthen your teeth and protect your gums for any potential threats of injuries that would cause infections.
Other Preventive Measures and the Relevance of Dental Consultation
The relationship of good oral care and diabetes focuses on the monitoring of blood sugar levels. The higher the blood sugar levels are, the higher are the risks for infections in the oral cavity. This goes the same whether you have type 1 diabetes or type 2. Make regular consultations with your physician as well as your dentist so that unwanted complications can be detected earlier and appropriate management is given. The teaming up of your physician and your dentist is crucial, especially when you are recommended to undergo dental surgery.
Communicating with your doctors would provide you the best preventive measures you can have in managing your condition.