This post was written by Nancy Rivera. Graphics by Lauren Sedall.
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone needed to convert sugars into energy. When a person has diabetes, their body has trouble making and/or using insulin, so it does not get the fuel it needs and blood sugar is very irregular. High blood sugar sets off processes that can lead to complications, such as heart, kidney, and eye disease, or other serious problems.
Did you also know that people with Diabetes are twice more likely to develop gum disease?!
High blood sugar can take a toll on the entire body, including teeth and gums.
Whether it's type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes, managing blood sugar level is the key, the higher the blood sugar level the higher your risk of:
· Early gum disease (Gingivitis)
· Advanced Gum Disease
· Tooth Decay
Proper Dental Care:
To help prevent damage to teeth and gums, take diabetes and dental care seriously.
· Brush teeth at least twice a day.
· Floss teeth at least once a day.
· Schedule regular dental visits, twice per year.
At the Dentist
No matter how well diabetes is controlled, it's important to keep your dentist informed about this condition. Dentists should be a part of your health care team. He or she should know about any changes in condition or medicines. This information will help your dentist decide the best treatment. Dentists need to be informed of your current medications and allergies. This includes over-the-counter vitamins and supplements. Tell the dentist about any changes in the type and/or amount of insulin you take. Also, be sure to tell the dentist about any bodily reactions to any medicine.
You can download the file and print double-sided. It's great info or fridge art for a loved one living with diabetes.