Oral care and diabetes

The rate of periodontal disease is 2 to 3 times higher in people with diabetes. In 1993, the American Diabetes Association officially listed periodontal disease as a chronic complication of diabetes. Severe periodontal disease leads to periodontal tissue damage and even atrophy, which eventually results in loss of teeth. With poor blood-sugar control and bad oral care, bacteria can easily breed in the oral cavity.

Some suggested tips for oral health are as follows:

  1. Use soft brushes for cleaning, and clean at least twice a day.
  2. Use inter-dental brushes and floss appropriately to clean the gaps between the teeth.
  3. Maintain a balanced diet. Diverse nutrition boosts immunity.
  4. Schedule a regular dental checkup and scaling every six months.
  5. Stay within your target blood sugar range.
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Source |  Diabetes.co.uk
 Taiwanese Association of Diabetes Educators

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