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Mar 20, 2023

Oral health and its connection with diabetes

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High Blood sugar

The connection between diabetes and oral health is high blood sugar levels.

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How are they connected?

According to CDS research, if the sugar level is high in your blood, it’s high in your saliva too.​

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Is it bad?

Yes, the sugar in saliva helps bacteria to grow and causes tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. If the tooth is not treated, it can also lead to tooth loss.

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Damage on oral health

Diabetes weakens the white blood cells and hence body loses its ability to fight infections.

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What to take note of?

Diabetic patients may produce less saliva and their mouths may feel dry. Ultimately, they suffer from soreness, ulcers, infections, and tooth decay. ​

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How to prevent it?

Diabetic patients can take special care of their oral health by using gentle brush and floss. And, getting teeth and gums checked by a dentist at least twice a year.​

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Gum disease can be more severe and take longer to heal if you have diabetes. If you have gum disease, your diabetes may be harder to manage.​

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Basic precautions

Keep your blood sugar to normal levels. Maintain HgA1C level under 7%. ​

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Quit smoking

Smoking makes gum disease worse. Your physician or dentist can help you quit.

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