Q1. How does excess blood sugar or lack of it affect the teeth?
Ans. A diabetic’s teeth are indirectly impacted by the blood sugar through the way of gums, thus causing periodontal disease. This disease causes teeth weakening, disabling the person in activities like chewing and biting.
Q2. Why are diabetics more likely to develop gum infections compared to non-diabetics?
Ans. Diabetics suffer from low immunity and lack of energy to fight bacteria. For this reason, they are more prone to developing periodontics due to the impact of blood sugar on the gums. Also for a diabetic it is relatively more difficult to recover from a physical problem, and the same applies in the case of gum infections.
Q3. What are the steps to ensure oral health for diabetics?
Ans. There are majorly two ways of controlling oral problems:
A. Chemical treatment. Taking certain tablets for the same and making visits to the endocrinologist.
B. Local functioning. Regular clean-ups and keeping your gums clean and healthy. This would
help maintain your hygiene and minimise the bacteria level. I prioritise cleaning up the plaque
layer, as it is the main growth sector from where more bacteria is accumulated. Also, diabetics suffer from extreme dry mouth problem triggering gum problems, hence it is necessary to always keep yourself and your mouth hydrated.
Q4. How can your dentist help fight diabetes?
Ans. Your mouth is the mirror of your body. Visiting a dentist can alert you to get a full body check-up. Eight out of ten people suffering from oral disorders tend to test positive for diabetes. Certain problems detected through unhealthy oral health can signal towards other problems present in the body. Diabetics are advised to undergo regular clean-up and oral check-up sessions.