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Dental Health Tips for Diabetics
2nd January 2020
Having uncontrolled diabetes can mean that you’re more at risk of getting gum disease and other oral health related problems. However there are plenty of steps you can take to make sure your smile continues to twinkle. Read our top dental health tips for diabetics and find out how to keep your mouth healthy.
Why are diabetics more vulnerable to dental problems?
Dental and teeth problems can affect those with uncontrolled diabetes more commonly than those without the condition. High levels of sugar in the blood for long periods of time can cause various health problems as the body is not retaining the right and healthy amount of blood sugar levels.
Having uncontrolled diabetes can make it more difficult for your body to fight off infections such as gum disease and it could take your mouth longer to heal after having oral surgery. Although there are a range of steps you can take to protect your oral hygiene and reduce these risks. Below are ways you can protect and improve your dental health.
How to take care of your teeth and mouth
Brush your teeth regularly – this will help you remove plaque and maintain good dental health. Brushing your teeth at the start and end of your day helps get rid of bacteria and plaque build-up.
Brush your teeth for two minutes – many of us do not brush our teeth for long enough. By not brushing enough, you are not getting the full benefits of brushing your teeth and are not removing enough plaque.
Brushing techniques – Make sure you are brushing your teeth right. There is a certain routine to brushing your teeth that helps guide you to the more difficult areas within your mouth and makes sure you do not miss any places when brushing your teeth.
Flossing – An underrated way to take care of your teeth and gums is by flossing. This technique helps remove plaque from difficult places, such as in between the teeth. Flossing once a day could prevent gum problems.
Eating a healthy diet – By ensuring you are getting the right vitamins in your diet and are not having excessive sugar, your teeth can become healthier. You can also prevent dental decay by cutting out sugary snacks or drinks. As a diabetic, sugar consumption should always be monitored.
Drinking water – We all know the benefits of drinking water and, of course, this also stretches to dental health. Water is not harsh on the teeth and also helps keep your mouth from becoming dry.
Use the right toothpaste – Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in toothpaste which can help teeth stay strong and prevents tooth decay. Toothpastes containing 1,350 to 1,500ppm fluoride are the most effective, but your dentist can recommend you the best brand, product range, and strength for the exact condition of your teeth.
Quit smoking – If you are a smoker, there are a huge variety of health benefits to quitting the habit. Smoking stains teeth quickly giving it a yellow or off-white colour because of the nicotine and tar found in tobacco. It can also contribute to a build-up of plaque making smokers more likely to develop gm disease.
Use an electric toothbrush – Some models of electric toothbrushes have been found to be more effective at removing plaque from the gums and teeth than manual toothbrushes.
Visit the dentist regularly – By going to the dentist regularly, they can check your dental health and give you a personalised treatment plan for any problems that could improve your teeth and gums.
Do you want to find out if you have healthy teeth, or are worried about your dental health? Then book an appointment with Green Square Dental today on 01709 917 666.