Dental Care for Diabetes

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Sherrine
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   Posted 10/2/2016 6:12 AM (GMT -6)   
My dentist sends out a newsletter periodically and this article below was in the newsletter I just received. I didn't realize this so I'm passing it on.

Sherrine

Dental Care for Patients with Diabetes

More than 23 million people in the United States have diabetes. If you're one of them, it's easy to understand why you'd want to know how diabetes affects your oral health. You might be surprised to learn that if your blood glucose levels are poorly controlled, you are more likely to develop serious gum disease (periodontitis) and lose more teeth than people who don't have diabetes. In turn, periodontitis may cause your blood sugar to rise, making your diabetes harder to control.

What puts people with diabetes at higher risk for gum disease? The less controlled your blood sugar level, the more impaired your white blood cells become. These guys are the main defense against bacterial infections that occur in your mouth. With less of them fighting infections, there's more chance serious dental problems will occur. The good news is a dentist can keep an eye on your oral health and help keep gum disease at bay.

The No. 1 most important thing people with diabetes can do for their oral health is to keep their blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible. Gums stay healthy when the teeth around them are free of dental plaque and dental tartar. To keep your teeth and gums clean, brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. If you wear dentures, remove and clean them every day.

Regular dental visits are your best weapon in the fight against gum disease. Only a professional dental cleaning can remove dental plaque and dental tartar. That's why having your teeth and gums checked and cleaned by your dentist twice a year is so important. (Your dentist may recommend more frequent visits depending on the status of your diabetes.) At each dental visit, discuss your diabetes status (how well controlled your blood sugar is) and the medications you take.

It's important for everyone to practice good oral hygiene, but even more so for people with diabetes. And keep an eye out for any changes in your oral health. If you notice anything, call your dentist right away.
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Tim Tam
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   Posted 10/2/2016 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Your article talks of diabetes and the increased chance of gum disease.

The article says, "Gums stay healthy when the teeth around them are free of dental plaque and dental tartar. To keep your teeth and gums clean, brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily."

He's left out antiseptic mouthwash.

I have an avid interest in dental care for, in addition to diabetes, I have another condition, which prevents me from getting a cavity filled, for the drill would be too loud for my ears.

I would have to get my tooth pulled, which I don't want.

So, I can't afford to get a cavity.

So, I brush, floss once a day (actually it's about every 3 or 4 days), and use Listerine Total Care Zero, for I read it's the best for "helping to preventing cavities."

I think that's because of the Fluoride in it. I think regular Listerine just killed germs that caused Gingivitis, or gum disease, but didn't have Fluoride in it, so it didn't work on stopping cavities.

If I feel a tingling between my teeth, especially at night, I know that's a pre-cavity situation, and I can get up right there, or the next day, and after my first meal brush, floss, gargle with Listerine Total Care.

That product also kills the germs that cause gum disease, according to the Listerine data.

I don 't wait to go to the dentist to have him try to get the plaque off, as the above article says. I prevent it by gargling in addition to floss and brush, the latter of which doesn't get in between teeth to kill germs.

I don't disagree with the dental visits, but use a good antiseptic mouthwash to help prevent gum disease, and cavities, if you use Listerine Total Care Zero, since it has Fluoride.

Oh, also, I don't eat sugar, for again, I can't afford to get a cavity for I couldn't stand the volume of the dental drill. The no sugar was for another health condition I have (sounds are too loud), but it helps greatly with helping to stop cavities.

Basically, all it is is water with every meal, no sweets. Pretty soon I had no craving for sugar. Some foods have a little sugar, but I have to tolerate those, then brush, floss, gargle.

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Lanie G
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   Posted 10/2/2016 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Keeping your blood sugar at normal levels should be our goal and remember that normal levels is not the levels advised by the ADA. A non-diabetic's blood sugar is always in the 80's, whether fasting or at random; two hours after a meal is nearly always under 120 and usually under 100. www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/16422495.php

Another reason for making sure your teeth are in good shape is that bacteria from the mouth has been found to affect heart health.

Thank you for a reminder to everyone to floss!
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Sherrine
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   Posted 10/3/2016 6:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Lanie, its strange. When I get in the 80's, especially low 80's, I start to shake and get short of breath. It's just too low for me but yet my A1C tests are excellent. Last one was 5.5. I wholeheartedly agree that we need to keep our numbers low for good health.

Sherrine

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Lanie G
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   Posted 10/3/2016 6:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Don't forget that the A1c is only an average and will not tell you about highs or lows. Blood sugar in the 80's is totally normal. If your body is used to extremely high blood sugar at other times, then it may think that the 80's is too low. To find out what's going on, you need to test your blood sugar right before you eat and then at one and two hours after you eat.
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Sherrine
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   Posted 10/3/2016 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I do test my blood sugar at those times...especially the two hours after I eat...and my numbers are good. I don't understand it either but I've been diabetic for 25 years and don't have any of the horrible side effects of this disease. Thank God! I am very careful about what I eat. I also suggest that members get in the 80's like you suggest if at all possible. I was just commenting as to what happens to me.

My A1C tests used to be in the 6.2-6.4 range but then I started eating green queen Spanish olives and my blood sugar numbers have gone down quite a bit. The olives help with insulin resistance. I used to need one shot daily of insulin...right before dinner...but now I don't need it. The olives did the trick.

Hmmm...guess I've hijacked my own thread! 😂

Sherrine

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eat2bwell
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   Posted 10/4/2016 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I use oil pulling to get the bacteria out of my mouth and protect my teeth.

https://theholisticdentist.wordpress.com/
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