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Oral Care and Diabetes

Oral Care and DiabetesGood dental care is important for everyone, but people with certain medical conditions need to be especially careful with their oral hygiene. There are medical issues that can be exacerbated by periodontal disease, such as heart ailments, strokes and diabetes. Individuals with diabetes are already prone to infection, so gum disease can become a problem for them even more so than with those who do not have diabetes.

Diabetic individuals also need to be concerned about what gum disease may do to them in another way. When severe periodontal disease exists in a person with diabetes, the gum infection can have a negative effect on blood sugar levels and even contribute to the progression of diabetes. Therefore, periodontal disease can be a threat to a diabetic individual in a number of ways. Not only will it threaten the gums and teeth, but it can also be a risk to the diabetic condition itself.

Those with diabetes should see their dentist on a more frequent basis, such as twice yearly or even more often. Also, any signs of gum disease, such as red, tender and swollen gums and bleeding upon brushing, should be checked out immediately at the dental office. If the gums are kept in a healthy condition and blood glucose levels are well maintained, it will greatly benefit those with diabetes.

Twice a day brushing and flossing should never be neglected. Remember to pay routine visits to the dentist as frequent as is required.

Source: Dentist Northridge

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