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The glucose levels in the blood of people with diabetes can increases drastically. This may cause dry mouth and the presence of a high level of glucose in their saliva. This often leads to a build-up of dental plaque on teeth. If ignored, it can further lead to tooth decay and cavities. This is considered to be one of the primary reasons why diabetic patients are more prone to dental issues.
You can get in touch with the experienced dentists at Cornerhouse Dental Care and they will explain the connection between diabetes and oral health. It is important to explain to diabetic patients why they should maintain good oral hygiene. Your dentist can play a proactive role in treating oral diseases related to diabetes.
One of the primary reasons why diabetic patients fail to visit a dental clinic at the right time is because they are not aware of the common signs of diabetes. According to a survey conducted by WHO (World Health Organisation), the number of diabetic patients is gradually increasing. Not only can diabetes lead to lower leg amputation, kidney failure, heart attacks, strokes or blindness but is also a major cause of mouth and gum disease. Few of the common signs of diabetes are,
Urge to urinate frequently
Feel more thirsty
It is also advisable to get your blood glucose levels checked if you are facing unexpected weight loss, fatigue, headaches, itchy skin, frequent yeast infections, blurred vision, loss of consciousness, darkened or velvety skin near your neck, groin or armpits, impotency, numbness in the feet or hands. If you keep on ignoring the symptoms of diabetes, your oral health will start deteriorating gradually.
Less saliva generation and dry mouth
Teeth becoming more susceptible to cavities
Wounds taking more time to heal
Gingivitis or inflamed gums which start bleeding suddenly
Development of thrush or other fungal infection inside the mouth
Tasting food becomes difficult.
Ulcers, sores or infections caused due to reduced saliva
More than 20% of diabetic patients suffer from periodontal disease. For someone not aware of the term, it is an infection of the tissues and bone holding our teeth in place. If ignored, it can damage gums and destroy the jawbone. Periodontal disease is one of the most commonly diagnosed dental diseases among diabetic patients. Aged patients have poorly controlled blood glucose levels so they are at a higher risk of suffering from gum health issues.
If you have diabetes, visit a dental hygienist regularly to assess your dental condition. They will understand your oral health concerns and customise their services accordingly. They know that high blood glucose level is one of the primary causes of gum diseases and tooth loss. They advice their patients to manage their dietary habits as it is one of the easiest ways one can manage their sugar levels. Brushing and flossing your teeth thoroughly should be a part of your daily dental care routine. Routine dental exams are also important.
Visit Cornerhouse Dental Care and speak to our experienced clinicans.
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Its difficult to say you "enjoy" going to the dentist but my faith in Neeta Patel is total! Very gentle, explains what has to be done
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