7. November 2011 05:33
Yesterday I went to see my dentist for a routine visit. We got to talking and she commented on how the diabetic patients that she treats have a very poor understanding on how diabetes can affect their teeth.
Did you know that people with diabetes are likely to experience tooth loss? Why is this? It is because bacteria is always present in the mouth, even though we don’t like to think about it. When blood sugars are high, the bacteria will settle into the gums and results in gum disease. The germs destroy the bone around the tooth and promote infection.
What signs and symptoms should you look for?
- Bleeding gums when brushing and flossing
- Gums appear red, irritated and swollen
- Loose teeth
- Puss oozing around the tooth
- Mouth odor
How can you prevent this from happening?
Remember it is easier to prevent gum disease than treat it! What additional steps can you recommend to stay on top of your dental hygiene?