Tips for Keeping the Mouth of a Diabetic Healthier
Posted on 5/24/2021 by David Mugford
Diabetes, if it is not medically controlled, can negatively impact your oral health and well-being. However, there are steps you can take to overcome some of the problems.
Eat Healthier Foods
If you have diabetes, especially if it is not regularly monitored, you can experience conditions, such as dry mouth and problems with decay. This is because the disease, when it is not well-controlled, raises the glucose levels in the saliva. When this happens, it can lead to problems with tooth decay and gum disease. To offset this problem, it helps to eat foods that will lower your sugar levels that are healthy as well, such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Stay away from refined flour and do not eat foods that can worsen problems with dental decay. Speak to a dietician and get their input on the best foods to eat both medically and dentally.
Work with Us and Your Medical Provider
While we can help you with any problems with gum disease, you also need to work with your medical doctor to keep your blood glucose levels in range. Keep your blood sugar numbers as close to your target goal as possible. In fact, make it a priority. It can make a big difference in your oral health and your overall well-being.
Brush with a Recommended Toothpaste Twice a Day and Floss at Least Once a Day
You should also follow a regular at-home dental routine. Use a fluoride toothpaste that is approved by the ADA twice a day and floss at least once daily. We can recommend a toothpaste, if necessary. Also, keep your mouth hydrated with water to relieve dry mouth symptoms. You should drink about eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day.
We can work with your medical provider to ensure you receive the best in periodontal health. Not only should you carefully monitor your sugar levels, you should receive the periodontal care you need to ensure healthier teeth and gums. Give us a call to schedule a comprehensive periodontal evaluation (CPE) now.