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The Diabetes-Dental Health Connection

Tal Lewinger - Friday, October 20, 2017

Many people do not realize that when you have diabetes other health conditions are linked if you start to have problems. Diabetes weakens the immune system, therefore, making it harder to fight off plaque and infections that may happen to your teeth. Many people who do not even know they have diabetes always wonder why their teeth are so bad.

 

People with diabetes have trouble fighting off bacterial and fungal infections which mean people with diabetes are more prone to gum disease. Gum disease is a painful inflammation of the gums with redness as well. It can be very painful if not taken care of properly and in a timely manner.

 

Since diabetics are more prone to gum disease, they are also prone to heart disease as well. This is a scientific fact because gum disease and heart disease are linked. No one is sure why but people who have gum disease are more likely to have a heart condition. 91% of patients with a heart condition also had gum disease in a recent study compared to the 66% that had no signs of heart disease or gum disease.

 

Many diabetics are also prone to having dentures at an early age because their blood glucose levels are not in a normal state. It is important that to maintain good teeth to visit your dentist and get regular checkups when you are diabetic because of your problem. If you do not want to have dentures when you are older it is important to keep a clean and healthy mouth.

When you are a diabetic it is important to keep your blood glucose levels at a good level because this will help your body be as normal as it can be with everything. The body’s systems will work better if you have normal glucose levels. It is important that you are watching your blood glucose levels regularly.

 

When you are diabetic it is important to tell your dentist that you are a diabetic and to tell him or her whether you are type one or two diabetic because that can make a difference. It is also important that you are scheduled more often for cleanings than a regular person because your body cannot handle fighting off bacteria as much as anyone else. This is important because oral health is the key to all other health problems not happening. If your oral health is regulated and maintained it is less likely for you to end up with dentures, heart problems, bad breath, and tooth loss. It is important that you maintain a healthy lifestyle with checking your glucose levels, eating properly, and maintaining a good glucose level. This will make life easier for you and make life healthier.

 

When going to the dentist always make sure you have a routine clean done instead of once a year maybe try twice or three times because you want to make sure your health is in the best possible shape it can be. Your health is in your hands. It is up to you to protect yourself. If you are having trouble regulating your sugar levels, ask your doctor and dentist questions. There is no harm in asking questions.

 



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