Diabetes: 20 Healthy Lifestyle Tips for Diabetics
Diabetes: Lifestyle Tip for Diabetics #16
Importance of Dental Care for Diabetics
Dr. Shalini explains the risks of poor oral care in diabetics. She says, “Poorly controlled diabetic patients are at risk for numerous oral complications such as periodontal disease, salivary gland dysfunction, infection, neuropathy, and poor healing. Although none of these complications are unique to diabetes but their presence may serve as a sign of possible presence of diabetes.”
High glucose level can be a spoiler to your dental care: “The oral cavity of a diabetic patient is at a high risk of various disorders arising mainly because increased glucose helps various bacteria to thrive in the mouth and multiply, causing impairment of white blood cells that are the body’s main defense against various bacterial infections inside the mouth. People with diabetes who smoke are at even a higher risk for the development of thrush and periodontal disease. Smoking impairs the blood flow to the gums, which may affect wound healing in this tissue area,” says the diabetic consultant.
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