Published: 11/14/2016

As part of National Diabetes Month this November, our office is committing to helping our patients keep both their mouths and their bodies healthy. Many that deal with diabetes in Thousand Oaks, CA are unaware that there may be a correlation between gum disease and diabetes. While those with diabetes are more likely to have gum disease, gum disease can also make it more difficult to control blood glucose levels. This makes the two serious complications of the other. Fortunately, we have a few tips for diabetics to keep their mouths healthy in order to fight off periodontitis.

Control Levels

Keeping blood glucose levels under control is paramount to avoiding gum disease. Saliva contains glucose, and when the levels are too high, can make the gums vulnerable to infection. High blood glucose levels also make it harder to fight off infection, which is a huge part of gum disease.

Diet Concerns

Diabetics often follow a strict diet, and listening to your doctor can make a world of difference when it comes to controlling your condition. Follow your meal plan and eat healthy meals that you have worked out with your dietician or doctor.

Regular Maintenance

Brush the teeth once in the morning and once at night, and use a toothpaste with fluoride to help prevent tooth decay. Floss between the teeth once a day, and consider using an anti-plaque mouth rinse. It is always important to see a dentist twice a year for a cleaning and exam, but this is extremely important if you have diabetes, as your doctor can diagnose disease early and start a treatment plan to fight it.

Talk to Your Dentist

If you are visiting Dr. Subka’s office for regular cleanings and exams, we encourage you to fully disclose your condition before any treatments. This ensures that we use the correct tools and treatments to protect not just your mouth, but your entire body. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you fight gum disease that comes from diabetes.

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