Periodontal disease is a "chronic inflammatory disease caused by bacterial colonization that affects the soft and hard structures that support the teeth." Approximately 90% of the worldwide population has gingivitis, the mild form of periodontal disease and 50% of Americans over the age of 30 have the more advanced form called periodontal disease.
The latest diabetes dental care products include Xylitol toothpaste and Xylitol products. Xylitol is a natural alternative to sugar used to make toothpaste, chewing gum and oral rinses that taste good without raising your blood sugars. Additionally, Xylitol helps prevent dental cavities, combats gum disease and promotes healthy oral hygiene.
"22% of people with diabetes suffer from gum disease. The risk of gum disease increases with age and out of control blood sugars. 1 in 5 cases of total tooth loss is linked to diabetes".
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People with diabetes may have an increased risk of oral health problems due to poorly controlled blood sugars. Proper dental care is a top priority for optimum oral hygiene. Discover more about tooth care and toothpastes when you have diabetes.
According to Dr. Michael Goldberg, a diabetes aware dental specialist, "Gum disease can be made worse by diabetes and diabetes can make gum disease worse". Inflammation of the gums will cause diabetes to spiral out of control, and out of control blood sugars will elevate the chance of severe periodontal disease.
Tooth and gum problems (gingivitis: red, swollen and bleeding gums which do not affect the bone; periodontitis: inflammation around the tooth which causes bone loss and can elevate blood sugars) are more common in people with diabetes – especially when blood sugars are uncontrolled. High blood sugars prevent the white blood cells from fighting infection and […]
American Diabetes Wholesale recently had the chance to speak with Janis Roszler MSFT, RD, CDE, LD/N about the direct link between good oral healthcare and diabetes. Roszler offers several tips that can benefit a person with diabetes, many of them being simple changes in oral healthcare routines that can make dramatic changes in how your body […]
Oftentimes the task of having a diabetic pet can seem overwhelming. You have to give insulin injections at particular times, buy special food, and monitor the blood glucose… The list goes on. You think, “Seriously? You want me to brush my pet’s teeth, too?!?!” Well, yes! It is important to care for your diabetic pet’s teeth […]
The team approach for excellent medical and dental care is the best. Be sure that your dentist and your medical doctors are connected and have a plan to ensure your dental treatments will have the healthiest and most predictable outcomes.
It is very common for people with diabetes to suffer from dry mouth and hyposalivation (decreased saliva production). If recognized and treated early, dry mouth's effect on oral health may be minimized - here's how!