Diabetics have a dramatically increased risk of periodontal gum disease. While the disease itself doesn’t cause gingivitis, it can make the gum infection progress at a faster rate and cause longer consequences. Here are some tips to avoid that:
Floss at least once a day
Flossing will keep the gum healthy which is a major means of preventing gum diseases and conditions like gingivitis, as the food that stays within your teeth can easily lead to gum irritation if it’s there for long enough.
No matter how well you brush your teeth, if you don’t floss those food particles are not removed, they can attract bacteria, the one thing that will eventually destroy your teeth.
Keep blood sugar as close to normal as possible
Infections are the root of many of the issues a dentist finds in diabetic patients, with the most common being gum and bone infection. Diabetes also decreases the amount of blood flow in the mouth, which limits the body’s ability to fight off intruders.
To keep blood sugar down:
- Eat healthy and raw
- Exercise every day
- Drink herbal teas
- Take naturally made vitamins
Use a toothbrush with soft bristles
A brush with soft bristles is gentler on your gums, and won’t irritate them the way a harder bristle will. The gums are made to protect the roots of your teeth, and when the gums recede from excessively hard brushing, the roots are left exposed and unprotected. This can not only lead to decay, but also allow the teeth to become sensitive to heat or cold.
As you may be aware, cigarette smoke includes a number of chemicals. As these settle on your teeth and gums, they can cause all kinds of damage to your oral health. Even if your gums are only affected slightly from cigarette smoke, it can still lead to long-term problems.
Brush your teeth as needed
The American Dental Association recommends brushing at least twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste that’s ADA approves (look for their logo on the package). This is enough to maintain good dental hygiene and is easy to remember – just do it when you get up and before you go to bed!
Use natural mouthwash instead the one with alcohol
Natural mouthwash, because it does not have the high alcohol content of traditional mouthwash, does not feed the bacteria that are so often involved in causing bad breath symptoms. Many people believe that traditional mouthwash in more effective when in reality any mouthwash with a high alcohol content could be contributing to bad breath symptoms
If you wear dentures, remove them and clean them daily