Oral Care for People Suffering from Diabetes
Recent research has found that individuals suffering from diabetes demonstrate an increased risk for periodontal disease. Not only do those with diabetes have an enhanced risk for severe gum disease, gum disease has the potential to negatively affect the glucose level of blood, which contributes to the advancement of diabetes. As a whole, individuals with diabetes display a marked risk for oral health issues such as gingivitis, early stage gum disease, and periodontitis, severe gum disease characterized by swollen, bleeding gums and loose teeth. Researchers postulate that diabetic individuals demonstrate this increased sensitivity to gum disease because of their enhanced susceptibility to bacterial infection. Diabetic individuals possess a diminished ability to ward off malignant bacteria that permeate the gums.
Individuals with diabetes also demonstrate an increased risk for thrush, an infection that allows fungus to grow in the mouth. Additionally, diabetics can easily contract dry mouth, which is characterized by ulcers, cavities, and infections.
The Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health asserts that good oral health is essential to general well-being. Northridge dentist, Dr. Elyson, seconds this assertion; he encourages patients, regardless of their diabetic condition, to practice good oral hygiene. Good oral hygiene consists of brushing teeth at least twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush, flossing a minimum of once a day, rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash every day, and visiting a dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning and thorough examination.
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