Diabetes risks The Ministry of Health stated that people with diabetes are at risk of developing gum disease. Because they are more susceptible to bacterial infections in general, as well as their immunity less than healthy people, which weakens their ability to fight bacteria that affect the mouth, indicating that high blood sugar increases the possibility of developing the following problems:
Tooth decay: As an increase in the level of sugar in saliva increases the chance of tooth decay.
Gingivitis: which may progress from a simple to advanced infection when not treated, and may reach a stage where it causes tooth loss.
Thrush: It is a fungal infection that affects the tissues of the mouth.
Dry mouth that may cause some pain or mouth ulcers
It also contributes to tooth decay, difficulty speaking, chewing, and exacerbation of fungal infections.
Impaired sense of taste.
Delayed healing and healing after tooth extraction.
Important advice for diabetics The Ministry of Health called on patients with diabetes to follow these following tips regarding oral, gum and dental health:
Control the level of sugar in the blood “and this is the most important factor.
Brushing the teeth twice a day at least with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
Flossing your teeth at least once a day.
Completely abstain from smoking of all kinds and forms.
Prevention of dry mouth caused by diabetes, by controlling the sugar level, drinking enough water in moderate doses during the day, and using sugar-free gum or some medications that help moisturize the mouth.
Make sure to visit the dentist every six months at least for examination and follow-up.
The dentist must be told that the person has diabetes.
Take care to clean the dentures on a daily basis.
Make sure to know the symptoms of “dental problems” such as gingivitis and treat them early.
The Ministry of Health urged diabetics to follow some important instructions when visiting the dentist, which are as follows:
It is preferable to make appointments in the morning shift; Where the hormone cortisol is high, which reduces the possibility of a hypoglycemic episode. “The hormone cortisol, which is secreted from the supra-renal gland, increases the level of blood sugar.
Avoid stress and fatigue before your dental appointment.
Patients who use insulin are advised to avoid taking a dental office appointment during the insulin peak period; To avoid a hypoglycemic episode.
The dentist may postpone the appointment of surgical procedures if the blood sugar is not controlled, unless the situation is an emergency.
It must be ensured that the patient consumes his meal and takes his medication as usual.
If the procedures that will be performed in the dental clinic require the patient not to eat after a certain period of time, it is necessary to coordinate with the diabetes doctor in advance to adjust the dose of drugs and the time of eating.
If you experience symptoms of hypoglycemia (confusion / tremors / sweating / increased heart rate) during the treatment, you must inform the dentist immediately.
The dentist can perform most of the treatment procedures in the dental clinic for most patients with controlled diabetes as well as other healthy people, including dental implants.