If you missed our Diabetes and Dental Health support group last week, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few key points from the presentation provided by Dr. Pallavi Sinha, DMD.
Gum disease is a chronic infection. This infection and other dental issues can lead to many negative consequences, including tooth loss and poor blood sugar control. Adapting to eating without some or all of your teeth can be very difficult, and it may prevent you from choosing healthier options such as fruits and vegetables, making diabetes management even more complicated. Preventing and slowing the progression of these problems is the key to maintaining a healthy smile. Below are five tips to keep your mouth healthy.
- Brush your teeth at least twice per day. Remember to brush toward your gums to clean the area between your gums and each tooth.
- Floss at least once per day. If you don’t floss, you are missing critical areas between your teeth where bacteria can build up, potentially leading to an infection.
- Select healthy foods. Limit your intake of sugar-sweetened beverages, candy, and other foods with high amounts of added sugar to help decrease bacterial growth.
- Control your blood sugar. Remember that chronically elevated blood sugars can delay the healing process and make it harder for your body to fight infection.
- See your dental professional often. While brushing and flossing at home are excellent steps you should take to prevent issues, it is also important to seek help from the pros to support all of your hard work.
Thank you, Dr. Sinha, for all of your helpful advice last week. Keep smiling, everybody!