5 Dental Health Tips for Diabetics of all ages
Diabetes Week aims to raise awareness about the life-long health condition suffered by 3.2 million people in the UK. The week, running from 8th – 14th June, encourages diabetes sufferers to look after all aspects of their health.
For diabetics, oral health problems are even more common than for the average person. Diabetes can cause mouth infections, periodontal (gum) disease, dry mouth and a fungal infection called thrush. It is therefore essential to keep your oral hygiene tip-top.
Dr Chig Amin from the Epsom Dental Centre, recommends following these five dental health tips to help diabetics keep their breath fresh and their smile stunning.
Get a Good Toothbrush
Don’t underestimate the power of a good bristle. Ideal toothbrushes have soft, nylon bristles with rounded ends. Electric toothbrushes also work well. You should change your toothbrush about every 3 months to avoid ineffective, bent bristles that don’t properly clean your teeth.
Dump the Junk Foods
Diabetes sufferers will know that eating after an insulin injection is a good way to combat low blood sugar and keep energy levels up. Avoid junk foods, which although they may be quick to eat, can cause unnecessary weight gain and rot your teeth.
Trade in high-sugar and high-fat snacks for apples, nuts, and fruit smoothies.
Keep an Eye on Your Mouth
When you brush your teeth, keep an eye out for any strange signs. If you do experience any unusual symptoms, head to your dentist immediately. Look out for the following:
• Loose or wobbly teeth
• Pain when chewing
• Drastic changes in sense of taste
• Dark spots or holes in your teeth
• Bleeding or sore gums
• A sore or ulcer that doesn’t heal
Get Regular Check-Ups
Regular dental check-ups are the best way to keep on top of your dental health. Check with your dentist to know how frequently you should visit and make sure you inform them if you have diabetes. The more they know about you, the better advice they can give.
Adults Stub Out Those Cigarettes
As if we need any more reasons to quit smoking! This dangerously bad habit increases the risk of serious diabetes complications, including gum disease.
By stubbing out the smokes, you will:
• Prevent yellow teeth.
• Decrease the risk of heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease and amputation.
• Improve your blood circulation.
• Potentially improve cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
If you suffer from diabetes, don’t let it ruin your teeth and gums.
This information and advice is attributed to Dr Chig Amin http://epsomdental.co.uk