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Ways to Prevent Periodontal Disease When Dealing with Diabetes

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Gum disease can affect anyone at any time, but it is especially dangerous for people with diabetes. In addition to periodontal disease making blood sugar spike, dealing with diabetes increases the risk of developing this dental problem in the first place. Try these tips to avoid gingivitis and periodontitis, and stay healthy from head to toe.

Prevention

Periodontal disease often first appears as the mild gum inflammation of gingivitis, but it can quickly worsen into the more painful problem of periodontitis. To avoid experiencing any of this dental discomfort, follow these healthy tips:

  • Be aware of soreness or redness in the gums.
  • Brush at least twice a day.
  • Floss at least once a day.
  • Be sure that the floss presses against the teeth instead of the gums.
  • Maintain blood sugar levels within your target range.

Safety Strategies

Your health is your highest priority. And if you’re dealing with diabetes, it’s important to avoid any dangers associated with periodontal disease. Follow these safety strategies:

  • Make an appointment with your dentist immediately if you see signs of a possible problem.
  • Postpone dental surgery if your blood sugar levels exceed your target range because your body is at a greater risk of developing an infection post-procedure.

Professional Protection

Healthy home hygiene can only help so much. To reduce your risk of periodontitis and spot early signs of gingivitis:

  • Schedule cleanings and check-ups with your dentist in every six months.

Remind your dentist that you have the diabetes because numerous dental procedures can have an impact on blood sugar levels. Remember that diabetes demands special precautions

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