People who have diabetes know the disease can harm the eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and other important systems in the body. Did you know diabetes can also cause problems in your mouth?
People with diabetes are at special risk for periodontal (gum) disease, an infection of the gum and bone that hold the teeth in place. Periodontal disease can lead to painful chewing difficulties and even tooth loss. Dry mouth, often a symptom of undetected diabetes, can cause soreness, ulcers, infections, and tooth decay. Smoking also makes these problems worse.
Making sure that you visit a dentist every six months ensures that any infection will be treated as early as possible. Minor dental problems can quickly escalate, and a routine visit to the dentist will pick up on these.
Diabetes can lead to excess cholesterol building up in the bloodstream, raising the risk of heart disease.
A number of studies have linked higher rates of heart disease with gum disease but researchers are yet to find conclusive evidence that poor dental health directly impacts on heart health.
However, improved dental health will reduce oral infections and this will therefore help with keeping blood glucose stable and help maintain your wellbeing.
A good quality toothbrush can make all the difference to a brushing routine. Toothbrushes should have soft nylon bristles with rounded ends. They should be used gently and feel comfortable in the hand. A dentist or hygienist will have advice about the best type of toothbrush to use.
Contact us at Thorpe Lea Dental Staines, Middlesex to book an appointment.