Most people would not associate the two, but there is a complicated yet established medical link between Gum Disease and Type II diabetes, This relationship is supported by both epidemiological and clinical studies. The onset of diabetes is characterized by an increased susceptibility to infection and poor wound healing, so people suffering with gum disease have an even harder job to manage this condition if they also suffer with diabetes.
Diabetics who are suffering with gum disease can exacerbate many other complications related to their diabetic condition. Nerve damage, kidney disease, cardiovascular problems and deterioration of vision, can all be associated with a worsening diabetic condition. Studies have found that inflammation caused by bacteria infecting the mouth results in a chemical change in your body which reduces the effectiveness of insulin, and causes blood sugar levels to rise. Effectively for diabetics, the greater your gum disease levels the less effective the treatments become. It is for this reason curing gum disease in diabetics can help with an improvement in their overall health.
Diabetes and avoiding gum disease by controlling your blood sugar level
Diabetics are advised to avoid food and drink that contains high levels of sugar and starch, as a method of controlling their condition. Too much glucose (also called sugar) in your blood from diabetes can cause sore, bleeding gums and gum disease. Glucose is also present in your saliva. If a diabetic condition is not controlled, the increased glucose levels in your saliva help bacteria form in the mouth. These bacteria combine with debris from food to form Plaque, which causes gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath.
Gumsaver advice for Diabetes and Gum Disease patients
Try to avoid too much sugar in your diet, eat healthy meals and follow the meal plan that your doctor or dietitian advises.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride will help in the fight against tooth decay. Try to brush first thing in the morning and after sugary or starchy meals.
Use a GumSaver to gently brush your teeth. Push the specially designed brush head, up into the gum line and use small cicular motions to clean thoughroughly below the gum line. Brush between each tooth in turn, cleaning the top and bottom and front to back.
Use a tongue scraper to clean you tongue, as this is another area where bacteria can be produced
Change your toothbrush every 3 months or sooner if the brush appears worn or the bristles become spread out. The GumSaver can be washed and the bristles straightened.
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