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Dental Health And Diabetes

Did you know that diabetes dramatically increases your risk of developing oral health problems? Because diabetes can cause the blood vessels to thicken, making it harder for them to remove waste products and nourish and oxygenate body tissues, people with diabetes are less able to fight bacteria in the mouth and more likely to develop bacterial infections.

The risk of oral health problems, including gum disease, does not increase if your blood glucose levels are under control, but studies suggest that serious gum disease – a common condition amongst the general population – can actually affect blood glucose control and accelerate diabetes. This means that it is extremely important to pay attention to your dental health in order to manage your diabetes.

Taking Care Of Your Oral Health

The bacteria that build up in the mouth if teeth and gums are not cared for properly can cause an acidic environment that spells trouble for teeth. Taking care of your teeth and gums on a daily basis is vital for everyone, but if you have diabetes, it could be even more important.

  1. Brushing and flossing. Brushing and flossing are essential in order to remove plaque from your teeth and stop the buildup of tartar. You should brush your teeth for at least two minutes, twice daily, and floss between your teeth every day.
  2. Eat well. A good diet is essential when you want to take care of your teeth and gums, and this is especially important when you have diabetes. Talk to your health professionals about the best way to maintain your blood sugar levels, and don’t be tempted to risk your general and dental health by straying from your plan.
  3. Seek help. Regular visits to the dentist are crucial when you have diabetes, and you should have regular appointments every six months. If you have an oral infection, you should speak to your dentist as soon as possible, and you may find that planned dental treatment must be postponed if your blood sugar levels are unstable.

Find a Good Dentist In Cork

If you have diabetes, it is vital that you have a dentist who understands your condition and is experienced in caring for patients with diabetes. Because your needs may be more complex than patients who do not have diabetes, you should find out as much as possible about the potential complications and make it a priority to maintain good oral health at all times.

Here at the Guiney Dental Clinic in Cork, we have a friendly, experienced team of dentists and dental hygienists, and we will be happy to discuss your family’s dental needs with you. If you’re looking for a good Cork dentist, simply call today on 021-481 0535.

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