Link Between Diabetes and Oral Care


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Dental healthcare is an aspect of health that is rarely provided a significant focus on. There are a lot of people who do not truly know its connection to other health and wellness problems. Understanding the truths regarding usual conditions like diabetic issues linked to oral health is a good way to avoid secondary health threats. Diabetic patients have a high danger for dental problems. They are much more susceptible to oral infections such as gum disease or periodontitis or infection of the salivary glands due to disability of the white blood cells, and many more

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Link Between Diabetes and Oral Care

  1. 1. The Link Between Diabetes And Oral Health Care
  2. 2. Diabetes and Oral Care • Oral health care is an aspect of health that is rarely given a serious attention to. • There are a lot of people who do not really understand its connection to other health problems. TheSt JamesDental Group
  3. 3. A good prevention • Knowing the facts about common diseases like diabetes linked to oral health is a good prevention of other health risks. TheSt JamesDental Group
  4. 4. Risks of a diabetic patient • What are the risks of a diabetic patient regarding oral health? • Diabetic patients have a high risk for dental problems. TheSt JamesDental Group
  5. 5. Prone to infections • They are more prone to infections such as gum disease and infection of the salivary glands due to impairment of the white blood cells. TheSt JamesDental Group
  6. 6. These risks should be avoided • Furthermore, healing of the gums and the tissues of the mouth is a problem when you have diabetes. • These risks should be avoided by a regular visit to your family dentist and a good oral hygiene regimen. TheSt JamesDental Group
  7. 7. Conditions you may experience • Here are other conditions a diabetic patient may experience: TheSt JamesDental Group
  8. 8. Conditions you may experience • Dry mouth. This condition is characterized by very low production of the saliva. As you will notice, saliva is needed when you speak, eat and even, breathe. TheSt JamesDental Group
  9. 9. Dry mouth • The skin lining of the mouth is cracked if there is not enough moisture. • This leads to wounds which are hard to heal because of the diabetic condition. TheSt JamesDental Group
  10. 10. People with dry mouth • Saliva also has a very important role in reducing the development of cavities. • People with dry mouth have an increased chance of tooth decay. TheSt JamesDental Group
  11. 11. Gum disease or gingivitis • Gum disease or gingivitis (aka periodontitis). This is one of the first indications of diabetes. The condition deteriorates the surrounding bone structure which then leads to loss of teeth. TheSt JamesDental Group
  12. 12. Swollen or inflamed gums • Swollen or inflamed gums. The blood vessels of a diabetic patient thickens which with slow down the blood flow and in return not distribute the proper amounts of nutrients needed for the body as well as the tissues of the mouth. TheSt JamesDental Group
  13. 13. Prone to infections • This causes them to be more prone to infections as well. • When you have infection of the gums, this leaves the gums feeling tender and swollen. Proper knowledge about the dental care of diabetics is needed. TheSt JamesDental Group
  14. 14. Slow healing process. • Slow healing process. When a person is diabetic, any wound is hard to heal. • The mouth is no exception. Also after a dental procedure the healing is slow as well. TheSt JamesDental Group
  15. 15. Oral thrush • Oral thrush. High sugar content in the saliva encourages the proliferation of bacteria and fungi. TheSt JamesDental Group
  16. 16. Good dental habits • With a weak immune system, oral thrush can easily occur. • Good dental habits must be exercised to keep the mouth in its healthiest condition as possible. TheSt JamesDental Group
  17. 17. If you have diabetes • Since diabetes is a serious disease, you have to be extra careful if you have acquired of this health problem. • Remember that diabetes requires a lot of self-control and discipline on the patient’s part. TheSt JamesDental Group
  18. 18. A healthy mouth • Here is what you can do to have a healthy mouth: • Keep the plaque from building up by brushing after every meal. TheSt JamesDental Group
  19. 19. “Dental treatment if you are pregnant.” • Never skip flossing. There are plaques in between teeth that are not reached by brushing alone and this will increase your risk of gum disease. TheSt JamesDental Group
  20. 20. Routine dental treatments • Use non-alcohol mouth rinse. The rinse will reduce the bacterial infections as it helps protect the linings of the mouth from bacterial attacks. • Make sure it does not contain alcohol in it because that will only cause more of a dry mouth than a diabetic person already has. TheSt JamesDental Group
  21. 21. Regular dental cleaning • Have a regular dental cleaning with your dentist at least twice a year, sometimes even more if needed. TheSt JamesDental Group
  22. 22. Regular dental cleaning • This will prevent accumulation of plaque and bacteria that can easily attack the mouth especially the gums and the teeth. TheSt JamesDental Group
  23. 23. If you are wearing dentures • If you are wearing dentures, regularly clean it. It is recommended to clean your dentures after every meal so not to create a place for bacteria to proliferate. TheSt JamesDental Group
  24. 24. Monitor your blood sugar levels • Monitor your blood sugar levels. TheSt JamesDental Group © Valeriy Velikov/ 123RF
  25. 25. Monitor your blood sugar levels • Since the primary factor of oral problems in diabetics is the blood sugar, keep it in check and limit eating sweets and carbohydrates. • Also, improve your cholesterol and blood pressure level. TheSt JamesDental Group
  26. 26. Monitor your blood sugar levels • Diabetics need greater oral care in order to prevent serious oral, dental and overall health problems . • You have to be more discipline than ever in keeping an excellent oral care to prevent serious problems by following the above regimen. TheSt JamesDental Group
  27. 27. Uncontrolled diabetes • Also remember that it has been proven that if you have diabetes and you don’t maintain a good oral care, the infections in the mouth like gum disease will cause you to have uncontrolled diabetes. TheSt JamesDental Group
  28. 28. Diabetes and oral health • If you have diabetes and are in need of a good dentist that understands the link between diabetes and oral health. TheSt JamesDental Group
  29. 29. St James Dental Group • We can help you to maintain and prevent the serious complications that arise from it, call St James Dental Group at 323-771- 7254 for an appointment. TheSt JamesDental Group
  30. 30. Ask a professional The Link Between Diabetes And Oral Health Care TheSt JamesDental Group 323-771-7254 Thank You! Contact us