Diabetes and Oral Health

Were you aware that November is National Diabetes Month? This makes it the perfect time to talk about the connection between oral health and diabetes and how you can successfully manage both.

The Connection Between Diabetes & Oral Health

So what exactly is the connection between diabetes and a patient’s oral health?

Patients that have diabetes have a higher risk of infection in their mouth, increasing their chances of decay and gum disease. But the connection doesn’t quite end there; gum disease and decay can impact a diabetic’s blood sugar levels, resulting in elevated levels that can increase the risk of complications such as heart and kidney issues. Although proper dental care is important for every patient, it is essential for proper diabetes maintenance.

The good news, however, is that patients that take care of their oral health typically have better blood sugar levels, and those with better blood sugar levels often have better oral health. Properly managing both your oral health and diabetes can help ensure you avoid any complications down the road. Wondering what you can do to take care of your oral health and diabetes?

  • Eat foods with more nutrition.
  • Avoid foods/beverages high in sugar/carbs.
  • Watch your weight.
  • Practice proper at-home dental care.
  • Schedule routine oral examinations and dental cleanings.

Do you have diabetes? Want to make sure you are effectively managing your oral health and diabetes together? Contact Dental Arts Kew Gardens today! We’d be happy to evaluate your teeth, gums and overall oral health to determine if diabetes may be causing dental complications. If any risk signs are present, we can discuss treatment options and better at-home care techniques to help you manage your health more effectively.

Fall Tips for Healthy Teeth

You may be surprised to learn that changing seasons can have a negative impact on otherwise healthy teeth. The drop in temperature may leave you prone to fall dental problems.

Patients with teeth sensitivity may find the condition tends to worsen during the cold weather months. The sudden temperature change can lead to either mild discomfort or sharp teeth pain.

Fall Dental Care Tips

Here are some healthy teeth tips that could help you shield your smile from the ravages of the cold.

  • Visit Your Dentist – If you can’t remember the last time you had a dental exam, you are likely overdue. You may be experiencing extra teeth sensitivity in the fall because your teeth are cracked, or the enamel has gotten thinner. Cold weather teeth sensitivity can also be caused by aggressive brushing, teeth grinding or clenching, oral infection, gum recession or gingivitis.

  • Your dentist can determine the underlying cause and put together the best course of action, after a thorough dental examination.

  • Practice Good Oral Hygiene – Tooth sensitivity can be corrected by being more diligent with your daily dental care routine. Brush your teeth after each meal and don’t dismiss the floss. If you are still experiencing discomfort at the change of seasons, you may need to switch to a desensitizing toothpaste.

  • Drink More Water – It is important to stay hydrated all year round, not just during the summer months. The air tends to be drier when it is cold outside. Try to ingest at least two liters of water (roughly over 8 cups) every day. This is not only great for your body; it is also good for oral health. You need proper water intake to produce saliva and keep your teeth and gums moist. Without good saliva production, mouth bacteria will flourish.

  • Eat for Dental Health – It is important to have healthy food choices when you eat. A balanced diet will fuel your defense system against the harsh cold. Stick with snacks and meals from the following basic food groups:

    • Fruits and vegetables
    • Whole grains
    • Lean beef
    • Skinless poultry and fish
    • Dry beans and peas
    • Dairy products

Also, limit how often you snack throughout the day. Eating too many snacks is more harmful to teeth than eating three meals per day. More saliva is produced at meal-time, which can wash away food debris more efficiently.