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If you’re a diabetic and love sugar then there is probably only one thing that loves that sugar even more than you do and that is the germs in your mouth.

This is one of the many reasons that diabetics really should have a very close relationship with their dentist to be sure that any of the many challenges that may crop up are attended to and hopefully avoided if possible.

The germs in everybody’s mouth can cause challenges, but the enhances sugar sensitivity and how the germs in a diabetic’s mouth interacts with the sugar makes a diabetic’s teeth and gums more susceptible to disease and irritation, which can slowly erode the tissues that hold your teeth firmly in place. As well as gum disease, certain fungal diseases for example thrush (an oral yeast infection) are also more prevalent.

This entire process is also something for the ‘border line’ diabetic to be extremely aware and cautious in their dental care.

But don’t just take my word for it, here’s what the American Diabetes Association and the American Dental Association shared. According to both, Diabetes makes gum disease more likely, but treating and preventing it may have a positive impact on improving diabetes, blood sugar control and general health.

So seeing your dentist regularly is one of the best things you can do if you’re a diabetic or if you know somebody who is a diabetic. That ‘ounce of prevention’ truly may add up to over a ‘pound of cure’.

Here are some general overall smart diabetic dental tips for you to know or share with somebody you know:

Practice good blood glucose control. Eat right, take drugs, and follow all directions from your diabetes health care team.

Treat your pearly whites with attention. Be extra cautious with your morning and evening teeth cleaning routine. Check with your dentist because they may also advocate using an antimicrobial mouthwash for added germ protection.

Redness can come on fast whenever you have diabetes, and that means you’ll have to-see your dentist more frequently.

See your dentist immediately should you find some of the significant risk signals:

Red, bloated, or tender gums, Bleeding gums, Teeth that feel as though you can move them or are just not feeling like they are solidly rooted in your mouth. Changes in your bite, for example when you chew teeth starting to hit together because this could be a symptom of a tooth or some teeth may have moved and you was not aware. The change in your bite may also lead to tension and tension headaches so if you’re experiencing an abnormal amount of headaches this is something to consider. And lastly, if you have pus filled areas in your mouth or just can’t seem to rid yourself of a bad smell in your mouth or a foul taste in your mouth then the bad breath could be a symptom of something that would require you to see your dentist.

Living a full life as a diabetic is achievable and a very important aspect of living that full healthy and as vibrant as can be is for a diabetic to be on a first name basis with your dentist.

I would value the chance to become that ‘first name’ basis dentist for you and your family. Give Grove City Dental a call at 614-808-1700 if you have dental questions or if you and your family are looking for a great dental experience.


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