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Diabetes – How to Manage Oral Health with Diabetes

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For the 26 million Americans who have diabetes, many may be surprised to learn that they are at an increased risk of developing gum disease. Research suggests that people with diabetes are at higher risk for oral health problems. Therefore, proper oral hygiene is of critical importance to diabetics.

Common Oral Health Problems for Diabetics

Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)

Medications to manage diabetes are known to cause dFor diabetics managing oral health and its potential complications is no easy task and takes an ongoing vigilant effort. The best way is to properly manage blood glucose levels and to control bacteria growth is in the mouth.ry mouth. You may also notice a dry mouth when your blood sugar levels are high. Also, with less saliva to control bacteria growth dry mouth can increase your risk of cavities, gum disease and may result in bad breath.

Oral Infections

People with diabetes are at an increased risk for serious gum disease such as gingivitis and periodontitis because they are generally more susceptible to bacterial infection while also having a decreased ability to fight bacteria at the gum line.

Fungal Infections

Diabetics are prone to fungal infections such as thrush. This risk may be increased if you tend to have high blood sugar levels or take antibiotics often.

Diabetes and Gum Disease is a Vicious Circle

Emerging research also suggests that the relationship between diabetes and gum disease is a two-way street. Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious gum disease, but serious gum disease may also affect blood glucose levels and thus contribute to the progression of diabetes.

For diabetics managing oral health and its potential complications is no easy task and takes an ongoing vigilant effort. The best way is to properly manage blood glucose levels and to control bacteria growth is in the mouth.

Salese and Dentiva Can Help to Support Good Oral Hygiene

If your diabetes medication is causing dry mouth Salese may help. Salese has been shown to provide a moist mouth feel, to balance oral pH at healthy levels, to fight bacteria while also giving long-lasting fresh breath.

If you are looking to support your overall oral health use Dentiva. Dentiva has been shown to help control bacteria growth while also balancing the oral pH at a neutral level.

People with diabetes have special oral hygiene needs and, with your help, your dentist and hygienist are equipped to meet those needs. Keep your dentist and hygienist informed of any changes in your condition and any medication you might be taking.