Three Ways to Keep Your Mouth Healthy When You Have Diabetes
When you have diabetes, it’s important to consider the full picture of your health. Because diabetes affects your blood sugar, it takes a toll on your entire body. Kidneys, eyes, heart, legs, feet - these can all suffer when you have diabetes due to blood sugar levels, impeded blood flow, or nerve damage.
One area of your body that can easily be overlooked when you have diabetes is your mouth. Oral health is incredibly important, whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes can cause a number of oral health problems including gum disease, tooth decay and Dry Mouth. If you have diabetes and Dry Mouth, that makes you even more susceptible to oral health complications because saliva is necessary for sweeping away bad bacteria in the mouth.
So what can you do?
Fortunately, taking care of your oral health when you have diabetes is pretty straight forward; You just have to be consistent about it!
Here a few simple ways to ensure your mouth stays healthy when you have diabetes
- Make Regular Dentist Appointments
Consider your dentist a part of your overall treatment plan for your diabetes. Dentists can check for early signs of gum disease and tooth decay. Make regular appointments, at least once a year, to ensure your mouth is staying clean and healthy.
- Brush and Floss Twice Daily
The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day and flossing regularly. This is even more important if you have diabetes. Brushing and flossing regularly will keep bad bacteria away and prevent infections that can raise your blood sugar.
- Use a Dry Mouth Product.
If you have diabetes-induced Dry Mouth, it may be beneficial to use a Dry Mouth product. Our HYDRALIEFTM line of oral conditioners moisturizes the mouth and helps promote healthy saliva flow. The HYDRALIEFTM Dry Mouth Rinse can be especially helpful for those who suffer from diabetes. You can use the rinse morning and evening. Swish it around in your mouth for just 30 seconds and spit. You’ll notice a difference immediately.
If you are suffering from diabetes, don’t neglect your oral health. Make an appointment with your dentist, brush and floss regularly and ease your Dry Mouth discomfort with HYDRALIEFTM, before it leads to further complications.
If you would like more information about oral health and diabetes, the Center for Disease Control has some great tips for keeping your mouth healthy. Visit their website here.
If you would like more information about HYDRALIEFTM and how to use our products for Dry Mouth-induced diabetes, visit our website here.