Most people are generally healthy before developing medical conditions or contracting diseases. However, once ill health creeps in, people become prone to other medical conditions. Diabetes is one of the conditions that is likely to result in other health challenges if not properly managed.
Some of the challenges that may develop as a result of diabetes include kidney disease, foot problems, skin issues, heart conditions, eye complications, and oral problems. If a diabetic patient develops oral problems, managing both conditions becomes even more stressful.
It’s understandable that many people begin to worry about these conditions the moment they are diagnosed with diabetes. However, it’s important to note that properly managing diabetes and maintaining good oral care will help reduce the risk or significantly delay it. There isn’t a better way to do it than to combine a home oral health regimen and regular visits to the dentist. Visiting a dentist makes it possible to detect oral health issues when they’re just beginning.
What Experts Say
According to Everyday Health (1/9), those suffering from type 2 diabetes are likely to develop gum problems, also known as periodontitis. In fact, such patients are said to be two times more likely to develop dental issues. That means the patient has to work on maintaining proper oral health and manage the disease properly to avoid falling victim.
An article in the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) says that type 2 diabetes patients are likely to suffer from gum problems, including dry mouth and thrush. The publication goes on to say that if the periodontal disease is left to thrive, it may end up causing poor glycemic control, a condition that negatively impacts diabetes management.
The reason why immediate measures need to be taken after diagnosis is because periodontitis and diabetes work both ways. Uncontrolled periodontitis will make controlling your blood sugar more challenging and uncontrolled diabetes will make it harder to control your periodontal infection.
What You Need To Do
If you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, it’s important to take good care of your general health. The doctor will tell you the things to do; what to eat and what not to. You’ll also be provided with drugs that will help you control the amount of sugar in the body. A proper combination of proper lifestyle and medication provides the best way to control the disease.
You will also need to maintain excellent oral hygiene by brushing and flossing properly everyday and visiting the Anchorage dentist at regular intervals every 3-6 months.