Did you know diabetes and dental health have more in common than just starting with the letter “d”? And with 58,000 South Dakotans living with diabetes, it’s important to understand that connection.
People with diabetes are at high risk for developing periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. And it’s a 2-way street. Gum disease can make it harder to control blood sugar levels, which can compromise overall health.
If you’re diabetic or pre-diabetic, it’s essential that you’re taking control of your oral health. Follow these tips to ensure a healthier smile and life:
1. Brush and Floss Everyday
This one might seem pretty obvious, but people with diabetes need to be mindful of their daily dental routine. In addition to brushing and flossing, make sure you’re regularly checking your mouth for any problems. Keep your eyes out for bleeding gums, dryness, sores and white patches.
2. Visit Your Dentist Regularly
And tell them that you’re diabetic. Your dentist will know the early signs of gum disease, and be able to create a dental routine to help manage your oral health.
3. Control Your Glucose
Too much glucose can cause harmful bacteria to grow in your salvia, which can form plaque and cause mouth infections. Eat a diet low in sugar and carbs to help manage glucose levels.
And be sure to take care of all of you! Follow these 5 tips to manage your diabetes and keep you and your smile healthy.
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