DIABETES VS ORAL HEALTH

Diabetes is a disease that severely impacts the whole body – eyes, kidneys, heart, nerves, and your mouth. The parameter that joins both Diabetes and oral health problems is high blood sugar. In the case of uncontrolled diabetes in a patient, the white blood cells which shield our body from bacterial infections, start weakening. This further makes the body less immune to diseases occurring in the mouth.We strive for complete excellence in the field of establishing quality oral health among the patients. Today, we are about to discuss the various aspects of diabetes and its impact on our oral health problems.

Why are Diabetic patients more likely to develop oral health problems?

Diabetes disables our body’s natural ability to utilize glucose and blood sugar for energy. A diabetic patient has more chances of developing complex diseases which includes a heart attack, kidney failure, blindness, and stroke. As far as the link between diabetes and oral health is concerned, people with diabetes are at higher risks for Gingivitis and Periodontists. People with diabetes are often associated with higher risks of thrush, a kind of fungal infection.

Symptoms of Gum Disease in a Diabetic Patient
  • Gum bleeding while brushing or flossing.
  • Swollen, red and tender gums.
  • Bad breath.
  • Ill-fitting dentures and bridges.
  • Change in food biting patterns.
Types of problems a diabetic patient might experience

Although the experience might differ from one diabetic patient to the other, there are certain complications experienced by a majority of diabetic patients:

  • Burning Mouth Syndrome: It is a frustrating condition under which the patient suffers burning sensation in the tongue. It also affects the inner surface of the mouth, tongue, gums, cheeks, and back of the mouth and throat.
  • Dry Mouth: Diabetes reduces the salivary formation inside the mouth. Dry mouth further leads to soreness, mouth ulcers, tooth decay, and infections.
  • Thrush: It is an infection caused by a fungus that grows inside the mouth. It produces white patches inside the mouth and can be ulcerous.
  • Slow Wound Healing: Diabetic patients do not heal quickly post oral surgery, dental procedures, or any injuries.
How to Prevent Dental Problems associated with Diabetes?
  • Keep your blood sugar level checked and maintained.
  • Follow your doctor’s instruction properly to achieve the right blood sugar levels.
  • Brush and floss regularly, at least twice a day.
  • In case of dentures fitted to your teeth, clean them on a regular basis.
  • Sign up for regular teeth cleanup, at least twice a year.
  • Quit smoking, as it increases the risk of developing periodontal diseases.

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