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Diabetes and dental health

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that affects blood sugar leading to consequences on many parts of the body. Yet, according to reports, one in three adults are on the brink of diabetes without even realising they are at risk.

Most people associate diabetes with its potential effect on the eyes, kidneys, heart and nerves (especially the feet), however not many understand its impact on dental health. The problem lies in the fact that those living with the condition can be more prone to periodontitis, or gum disease. If someone with diabetes has poor control over their blood sugar levels then they are more likely to suffer with gum disease, which leads to problems with eating and chewing, and potentially even tooth loss.

The reason behind this is sugar, in the same way as those who consume lot of sugary foods and drinks suffer with poor gum and dental health. This is because bacteria thrives on sugar in the mouth causing infection; whether from foods or high glucose levels as a result of poorly controlled diabetes.

It is important to tell us about your diabetes and how well you are managing the condition. If you are struggling with your blood sugar levels, please inform us so that we can keep a close eye on your oral health and offer useful advice to help prevent a situation from getting any worse. We always recommend that all patients brush, floss and rinse twice daily and diabetic patients should adhere to this as a rule. We will monitor your gum health and may prescribe a special mouthwash if we feel it would help to settle minor problems before things turn more serious.

Understanding your condition and the way it can impact on all areas of the body is the first step to gaining control over it. Always tell your health professionals from top rated online generic pharmacy about the condition so that we can help you to stay one step ahead of diabetes.