Tuesday 16 May 2023

Diabetes & Dental Health

1 in 11 Indians are formally diagnosed with diabetes, which makes India the second most affected in the world, after China

Here’s what you need to know about protecting your teeth and gums, and how taking extra-good care of your dental health can boost your overall health too.

How diabetes affects your mouth

·         You may have less saliva, causing your mouth to feel dry. Because saliva helps cleanse away cavity-causing bacteria, you may experience more tooth decay.

·         People with diabetes often find their gums are irritated and sensitive. You may notice that your gums bleed when you brush or floss. 

·         Diabetes can also make it harder for you to taste your food, and increase the chances that small cuts or sores inside your mouth will become infected.

How diabetes leads to gum disease

Diabetes make it easy to harbour unfavourable bacterias in the mouth. This often leads to periodontal disease, an ongoing condition that can harm your gums, nearby tissues and even your facial bones.

At the chronic periodontal disease stage, a person can experience loss of tissue and bone that support the teeth. As a result, teeth become loose and begin moving freely. Periodontal disease can lead to issues such as pain when chewing, bad breath, and most seriously, tooth loss. Periodontal disease may also make it hard to control your blood glucose.

How can your dentist help?

If you have diabetes, regular dental visits are a must. Research suggests that treating gum disease can help improve blood sugar control, slowing down the progression of your disease.

Having deep cleanings in your dentist’s office can actually help reduce your HbA1c levels (the lab result that shows your average level of blood sugar over the previous three months). Ask your dentist how often you should come in for cleanings and checkups and make all dental appointments a top priority.

To know more, visit us. 

iDent, Idyll Dental Clinic

To book an appointment with us:

Call us at: +912240147049/09321330133

Email: smileident@gmail.com

Website: www.smileident.com

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