Latest research shows that diabetes patients are at a higher risk of bad teeth and gums. Diabetes is linked with gum disease that can also lead to tooth loss. What’s even more surprising is that treatment of gum disease in people with type 2 diabetes can lower blood sugar over time.
Not only that but dealing with gum disease without delay can lower your chances of suffering other problems from diabetes, such as heart and kidney disease. It would be a fallacy to say that gum disease doesn’t increase the risk of type 2 diabetes as it certainly does.
So after answering this question it’s now time to answer an even more important and relevant question, how do we take care of our teeth?
Well for starters, it is crucial to get your teeth checked at least once a year. Since, unlike other health problems the symptoms for bad teeth do not show up instantly and may take years to finally crop up, by then it might be too late.
A good way to take care of your teeth is to know what’s wrong with them and for that, you need to look out for signs of gum disease. The most common signs associated with gum disease are red, swollen, or bleeding gums, gums pulling away from teeth, sores on the gums, loose teeth or change in bite or tooth position, and bad breath. The last one is crucial since if you have it people will let you know and rightly so, “Take a breath mint man!”
Use a soft bristled toothbrush to not damage the gums, at least two times a day, with fluoride toothpaste. Don’t eat or drink sugary drinks or snacks, since it can create cavities in your mouth, which will make many dentists very happy and rich.What’s more important is that most of these tips can be easily managed at home.
Make a health care plan with your dentist explaining exactly what the best way to take care of your teeth at home is. Ask how frequently to come in for a dental visit. Ask what to do if you start having problems with your teeth or gums. Ask your dentist to send your exam results to other doctors after every visit, in order to make an appropriate result focused plan based on coordination and care.
These steps will make you healthier than ever, and might even prevent you from getting diabetes and vice versa.