How you should take special care for your teeth and gums
In this blog, we are going to see what you, the patient can do to better control your diabetes and reduce the severity of the harmful changes that occur in your mouth as a consequence of having diabetes
1. DRINK MORE WATER
Dry mouth is a very frequent complication associated with diabetes. When there is less saliva in your mouth, your teeth become more prone to decay, plus there is that added feeling of discomfort and sore mouth. Drinking more water immensely helps by keeping mouth wet, reducing friction between teeth and gums and protecting your teeth.
2. MAINTAIN GOOD ORAL HYGIENE
Maintaining good oral hygiene is the best thing you can do to better control tooth symptoms related to diabetes. Use a soft tooth brush and brush properly twice daily as advised by your dentist. You can also use an alcohol free mouthwash once daily; alcohol content would further increase mouth dryness. Flossing takes superb care of your gums. If you floss daily, your gums will be healthy for longer.
3. REGULARLY MONITOR YOUR DIABETES
Control your blood sugar levels. Use your diabetes-related medications as directed, changing to a healthier diet and even exercising more can help. Good blood sugar control will also help your body fight any bacterial or fungal infections in your mouth and help relieve dry mouth caused by diabetes.
4. KEEP YOUR DENTIST INFORMED
Tell your dentist about which medications that you are on. It is also important to tell her about any changes that are made in the dosage or the timing of your medication, or the medication itself. There are certain medications used in treatment of diabetes which cause some side effects which are manifested in your gums. So tell your dentist about it.
5. AVOID SMOKING
6. TAKE GOOD CARE IF U WEAR ANY REMOVABLE DENTURE IN YOUR MOUTH
Wearing removable dentures can be sometimes difficult if you have severe diabetes. What you should do is to keep your dentures very clean, since, in case of diabetes, there are increased chances of fungal growth occurring on dentures if not kept clean.
Using an artificial salivary substitute to help with the mucosal dryness is also good.
Many a times initially well fitting dentures may hurt your gums over a period of time. This happens because your gums are more sensitive than normal. Also, if any lacerations to underlying tissues occur, these heal very slowly. Hence, if at all your dentures hurt you it is advisable to visit your dentist promptly and get them adjusted.
7. SCHEDULE A DENTAL CHECKUP EVERY SIX MONTHS
On regular follow up visits, your dentist may be able to recognize any changes in the initial phase only and can be able to better advise you on any treatments needed. You can also keep track of comdition of any existing dental treatments already done through follow up visits.