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World Diabetes Day 14th November

Did you know that people with diabetes are more likely to develop gum disease? It’s World Diabetes Day on 14th November, 2017, and we’re exploring the connection between diabetes and dental health and sharing our top tips for healthier teeth and gums.

Gum disease is very common, but it is more likely to develop if you already live with diabetes. This is because gum disease results from oral bacteria, which is worsened by poor glycaemic control. Gum disease may also be linked with other complications of diabetes, such as cardiovascular disease and peripheral vascular problems, so you can see that prioritising your dental health is very important if you have diabetes.

Understanding Diabetes:

Diabetes is a common and manageable condition, when you learn how to control your blood sugars. You will usually work with a dedicated diabetes team, who will teach you to manage and monitor your condition and its symptoms. You should:

  1. Talk to your dentist. If you notice that you are developing gum disease, you should speak to your dentist and take his or her advice on treatment. Dentists can take X-rays to check the extent of any problems, and they will remove plaque and tartar with a professional clean and scale. Your dentist will also talk to you about your dental care routine, and may show you how to brush your teeth or floss more effectively to prevent oral bacteria building up. If you have diabetes, you should be offered a thorough dental assessment on a regular basis to monitor and protect your teeth and gums.
  2. Change your oral hygiene routine. Your dentist may recommend using an electric toothbrush rather than a manual brush, which cannot usually clean your teeth as effectively. You should brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, especially at night so that sugars do not sit on your teeth overnight. Flossing on daily basis is very important to ensure that debris does not build up between your teeth, and you may be advised to use a particular mouthwash to ensure that your mouth and gums are clean and healthy at all times.
  3. Look at your diet. Of course, if you live with diabetes, you will already know how important it is to eat a healthy, balanced diet that does not contain too much sugar or processed food. This is also a vital way to prevent gum disease, as well as many other health problems. Ensure that your diet contains a good variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as proteins, carbohydrates and essential fats.

Find The Right Cork Dentist For Your Family

If you’re searching for a Cork dentist who can advise you on all aspects of your oral health and help you to keep your teeth looking and feeling great, look no further than Guiney Dental Clinic. Our experienced and friendly team will be delighted to hear from you, so call today on 021-481 0535.


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