December 31, 2007

Dental problems in people with Diabetes - Part II

In the first part of this post, we mentioned that diabetes patients have a higher tendency for teeth loss. But besides this major dental problem, there are other hazards diabetic people ought to look after as gum cuts that take time to heal.

They usually happen because of dental dryness, which triggers the appearance of fungi.
Therefore, you have to perform a very careful and patient dental brushing with the aid of a soft bristle dental brush. In addition, using mouthwash helps to fight the bacteria that form fungi in gums.

Moreover, it is indispensable that if you have diabetes to visit the dentist because of the lack of sensitivity, you may just realize you have a dental problem after a dental check-up.


  • Plaque formed around teeth can be controlled with a diet that includes the daily consumption of carrots, apples, dried seeds, celery and fresh cucumber.
  • For promoting saliva segregation, that helps prevent caries and mouth fungi, drink a lot of water and chew sugar free gum.

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December 15, 2007

Dental problems in people with Diabetes

Generally, diabetic people tend to focus more on the care of their levels of sugar, blood pressure and feet, but they forgot about a very important thing: Their teeth.

Some people with diabetic might “surprisingly” find they have lost their upper and/or lower frontal teeth, and they have to use dentures. This teeth loss in diabetics is actually no strange.

In fact, diabetic people are more likely to have severe teeth problems than non-diabetics due to irregular levels of insulin (the hormone that controls sugar) in blood.

It is very common that diabetes patients present caries, tartar calculi, bacterial plaque, periodontal disease or fungi infections.

Despite of following a good dental cleaning, it is unavoidable they develop dental calculi, especially in the back teeth, where it periodontal disease generally occurs.

As for caries, these are formed when diabetes is not well-controlled and the high levels of glucose in saliva promote the formation of plaque, which if it is not removed regularly becomes solid would produce chronic mouth inflammations and infections.

And periodontal disease also occurs more in patients who do not regularly control their diabetes than in those who do control their disease.

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