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Diabetes And Your Oral Health

Oral Health and Diabetes may seem like they have nothing to do with one another, but developing research is showing that not only are the almost 26 million Americans that suffer with diabetes at a higher risk, but those with gum disease might be at higher risk for diabetes.

Periodontitis is a serious disease where your gums will separate from your teeth, making pockets that fill with pus and germs. Eventually, this can lead to your teeth loosening or moving, and needed to be removed.

When you are diabetic, it is critical that you maintain proper blood glucose levels. If you don’t, it puts you at higher risk for gum disease and tooth loss, and just as the sugar levels can cause the disease, the disease can make the sugar levels harder to manage.

So what does this mean if you’re a diabetic? Routine oral health is important to begin with, but this is where you have to take extra care. Inform your dentist of your condition and any medication you may be taking. This way your dentist, and you, can take the necessary steps to maintain your oral health.

Steps You Can Take To Fight Bad Breath

Bad breath, or Halitosis, can happen to the best of us, often at the worst times. Fortunately, there are a number of ways that are fairly easy to get, and keep, your breath fresh and minty, and help eliminate those moments of self-consciousness.

More Brushing and Flossing

Dentists recommend that you brush and floss at least twice a day, so if bad breath is a concern, double up on your oral health routine to keep bad breath causing plaque at bay. Still do so cautiously, however, as harsh brushing can have a negative impact on tooth enamel.

Embrace the Scrape

Tongue scraping with a toothbrush or tongue scraper removes the bad breath causing bacteria, dead cells and food debris with pressure.

Avoid Halitosis-Causing Foods

Certain foods, mostly Garlic and Onions, can’t just be brushed away, so the only solution is to avoid them. “The volatile substances they contain make their way into your bloodstream and travel to your lungs, where you breathe them out,” says dentist Richard Price, a spokesman for the American Dental Association.

Stop Smoking

As if there weren’t enough obvious health reasons your doctor will tell you to avoid smoking, your dentist will likely mention it, as well. It can increase risk of oral cancer, damage gum tissue and stain your teeth.

Use Mouthwash

Anti-bacterial mouthwash not only freshen breath, but they also prevent it from happening later. A rinse with just water after eating can also help.

Chew Gum

Saliva is the body’s way of preventing plaque build up, and therefore, bad breath, and gum chewing promotes its production. Mints, on the other hand, contain sugars that can produce more bacteria and make matters worse.

Gum Care

Bad breath can be caused by gum disease, or periodontal disease. This can make breath worse. A periodontist, or gum disease specialist, can help.

Stay hydrated

Less saliva means more bad breath. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to prevent your mouth from going dry.  If you have a persistent problem, have a chat with your doctor or dentist, as it may be caused by certain medications.

Talk to your Dentist

If all else fails, contact Dr.Band’s office for a consultation to determine whether there is a serious underlying problem.