Whether you were just diagnosed with diabetes or you have had the condition for years, you definitely want to take special care of your oral health. Diabetes and gum disease are often linked, and unmanaged, untreated gum disease can lead to serious problems including severe tooth and bone loss. To stop gingivitis and periodontitis before it starts, Chester, NJ periodontist Dr. Thomas A. Bissell and his staff suggest making the following changes to your healthcare routine.
The Link Between Diabetes and Gum Disease
People with diabetes tend to be more susceptible to infection and disease. In fact, gum disease is often thought to be a complication of diabetes as it can potentially increase blood sugar levels. Similarly, people with gum disease may find it difficult to control their blood sugar.
Know the Warning Symptoms of Gum Disease
It would be tough to combat gum disease if you did not know what to look for. In its earliest stages, gum disease may present subtle symptoms. Look for bleeding gums, chronic bad breath, red gums, swollen gums, and general gum pain. Any of those indicators requires a trip to the periodontist to get immediate care.
Practice Solid At-Home Oral Hygiene
Have you gotten a little lax in your oral hygiene regimen at home? Get back on track by cleaning your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush in the morning and evening. At one of those sessions, floss before or after you brush. New to flossing? You may encounter some bleeding gums at first, but after your gums become accustomed to flossing, they will no longer bleed.
Avoid Enamel-Eroding Foods
Sure, you love all those citrus fruits and maybe a diet soda now and then but beware. They can start to eat away at the protective enamel on your teeth. You need that enamel to stay strong in order to lessen the chances of being diagnosed with gum disease. Of course, when you do indulge, be sure to rinse your mouth with clear water afterward. Performing that simple activity removes a lot of acid that has been left from the foods you eat and beverages you drink.
Keep Your Periodontal Appointments
If you have diabetes or are prediabetic and are showing signs of gum disease, don’t wait to make an appointment with our periodontist. If you live near Chester, NJ and need a new periodontist, please call (908) 955-5999 to schedule your consultation.