What? Diabetes affects your mouth? This might sound strange at first, but with a little background it makes perfect sense! To simplify it, diabetes affects your body’s ability to fight infection. And where is a common place for infections? That’s right – your mouth.
The most common issue that develops is gum disease. There are a few tell-tale signs that you might have this problem:
- Swollen, red or bleeding gums that seem to pull away from the teeth.
- Loose teeth.
- Bad breath that just won’t go away.
- An uneven bite.
- Dentures that don’t fit right
What should you do to avoid this terrifying situation?
The main objective here is to get your blood sugar levels stabilised. When your blood sugar levels are under control, you are far less likely to develop oral infections.
Besides controlling blood sugar levels, there are a few things you can do to make sure your smile stays the way it should.
To start off, you should make sure to have a proper oral hygiene routine.
This starts off with the obvious, which is brushing your teeth regularly – but you should also brush your gums and tongue with the same detail that you give to your teeth.
The next step is flossing. Yes, it is really as important as those dental commercials on TV make it! This is often where most people get dental problems from, as your toothbrush doesn’t get into the spaces between your teeth, which allows bacteria to find a nice new home.
I’m going to sound like your mother now, but brush and floss ASAP after every meal! If you don’t, you are creating a great environment for plaque to build up. The combination of food particles, saliva creates an acid-like effect which breaks down the protective enamel on your teeth, making them weak.
If plaque is left on your teeth, it creates a tartar build-up under your gums, which is extremely difficult to clean off with brushing and flossing.
Although it is a bit of a mission and very much a dreaded activity, you should visit your dentist regularly, not only when you need to get a crown!
The reason for those tedious dental checkups is that your dentist knows a lot about teeth, and might see something that you can’t.
If you do have dentures, it is important to look after them very well, as they might cause infections. If you feel any change in the fit of your dentures, speak to your dentist immediately.
Attention all smokers – throw your packet away right now if you would like to keep your teeth! This might sound a bit harsh, but it comes paired with a much harsher reality. Smoking is one of the biggest causes for gum infections and it breaks down the bone and tissue in your mouth.
Keeping your blood sugar level stable is one of the most important elements of sound health. It is therefore very important to follow a healthy diet, exercise, get enough sleep and to take a well-researched supplement like the Manna Blood Sugar Support with each meal. This supplement can be taken in conjunction with your diabetic medication, but blood sugar levels should be monitored carefully, because it can drop too low.
As diabetes can lead to bacterial imbalance in the gut, which can lead to numerous health problems including thrush and oral problems, it is good advice to take a probiotic supplement daily.
The Manna GUT Support was specially formulated to reinstate healthy bacteria and digestive enzymes which can help to increase gut health and build a strong immune system.