Oral Care Tips Diabetics Should Follow During the Covid-19 Pandemic
People with diabetes are at higher risk for dental problems. During the ongoing pandemic, it is crucial to follow all the necessary precautions to avoid dental problems. Here are a few.
Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day for healthy gums and teeth
- Flossing is as important as brushing your teeth
- What You Eat Also Affects Your Dental Health
- Rinse your mouth after eating to prevent cavities
Diabetes is a chronic disease that requires constant blood sugar management. If left unchecked, diabetes can affect different organs in the body. You will be surprised to know that diabetes is linked to your oral health in so many ways. People with diabetes need to be extra careful to keep their oral cavity free from disease. Diabetes and oral health have a two-way relationship. In diabetics, one of the first signs can be seen in the oral cavity in the form of multiple oral infections of the gums and teeth. Some early indicators are bleeding gums, swelling, recession, or bad breath. All of these develop as a result of an unhealthy condition of the gums.
High levels of insulin interfere with a person’s immune system, further increasing the risk of periodontitis (a serious infection of the gums) which causes the infectious bacterial load to pass through the bloodstream.
Oral Care Tips for Diabetics
Any infection in the body can raise blood sugar. The presence of infectious bacteria often interferes with the breakdown of sugar and the effectiveness of insulin in the body. Unfortunately, gum infection is one of the most common infections in the body and is seen in over 95% of the Indian population. These infectious bacteria that accumulate in the gums are known to increase blood sugar levels. Maintaining optimal gum health is said to reduce the insulin requirements of an affected individual and improve their overall health.
As diabetes in itself lowers a person’s immunity, the infectious bacteria that multiply in our oral cavity increase the altered blood sugar levels in the body.
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Patients with diabetes should undergo full scaling and gum curettage at least twice a year to maintain optimal oral health. However, during Covid-19, extra precautions are needed to prevent diabetics from falling into a pit of additional disease.
- Therefore, deep cleaning of teeth and gums should be combined with simple home care regimens which can provide better immunity.
- A good brushing twice a day, a massage of the gums, a dental floss and a daily cleaning of the tongue improve the levels of insulin and help us to keep the breath and the heat.
- Regular mouthwashes after meals are a must in a diabetic’s daily routine for minimal acid build-up in the mouth and healthy health.
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Keeping in mind the current scenario, not just diabetics, but everyone should keep oral hygiene is of paramount importance. The mouth is home to millions of both beneficial and infectious bacteria. Considering the increase in infections, it is essential to maintain good oral hygiene practices such as brushing twice a day, cleaning the tongue, regular mouthwashes, etc. -infected people and change it immediately after illness.
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Ideally, toothbrushes for all family members should be kept in separate rooms or bathrooms. This is to make sure that the infection does not spread to other toothbrushes. In addition, we must keep this in mind not only when it comes to Covid-19, but also in the event of the flu or attack of a cold. Changing a toothbrush is a must to avoid re-infection.
(Dr Mohendar Narula, Founder, MyDentalPlan)
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