For people with diabetes, taking care of your body is essential and this includes your oral health. Type 1 and type 2 diabetics are at a higher risk of developing dental diseases and oral problems because diabetes causes the blood vessels to thicken and halts the passage of important nutrients flowing towards the gums.
This also prevents toxins and waste products from being removed as easily.
The reduction of blood flow weakens your gum and teeth and makes them more prone to infections such as gingivitis and periodontitis disease. If you’re a smoker - the bad news doesn’t end there! Diabetics who smoke have even higher risk of gum disease. In addition to slower blood flow to gums and teeth, diabetics heal at a slower rate than those without the health problem. This means that gum infections are more common and severe. If they’re left untreated, gum disease can wear away at your gums causing gum recession.
You can prevent problems by:
- brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day with fluoride toothpaste;
- flossing daily;
- scheduling regular dental visits. Or better, making sure your doctor is aware that you have diabetes. This will help you monitor and control it more efficiently.
If your gums are irritated, swollen or if they bleed, you should immediately consult your dentist. Managing diabetes is a lifelong commitment! That’s why you want to have proper dental care. And trust us, your efforts will be rewarded with a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.