If you have diabetes and are considering having dentures made, there are some factors that you need to consider. Diabetics are more prone to gum disease and tooth loss for a multitude of reasons. First, individuals with diabetes have decreased levels of collagen in the body. Collagen is a protein responsible for repairing gums, skin, bone and tendon tissue. Second, diabetics also have less saliva in their mouth. Saliva plays a vital role by cleaning the mouth and keeping harmful bacteria out. Third, diabetes impacts blood vessels by restricting blood flow. This makes it more difficult for your gums and jaw to fight infection. Having diabetes doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have dentures if you understand the risks. Here are some tips:
Control Blood Sugar Levels
Every diabetic patient needs to be mindful of their glucose levels. Diabetics with controlled sugar levels have the same denture success rate as a non-diabetic. Studies have found a direct correlation between those who have well-regulated sugar levels and those with good oral health.
Taking care of your Dentures
Ensuring your dentures are clean and fit properly will help fight the risk of infection. Poor fitting dentures will rub against the gums and irritate, leading to gum sores and infection. If you notice your dentures are not fitting properly, please see a specialist immediately.
Brush and Floss!
Besides regular visits with your dentist (recommended once every six months or twice per year), diabetics need to be very mindful of their oral hygiene. Properly brushing and flossing is the best way to keep your mouth healthy. Also, be mindful of these following warning signs that could be signs of gum disease:
Bleeding Gums – Although very common, if you experience bleeding after brushing or flossing, it could be a sign of gum disease
Changes in the mouth – Examples could be swelling, bad breath, tender gums, changes in gum color, or burning in the mouth. Also, see a dentist if your bite feels different.
Dry Mouth – As discussed earlier, diabetes could result in less saliva in the mouth. Saliva keeps the mouth clean of bacteria that cause gum infections. If your mouth is feeling dry, consult a dentist about artificial saliva.
Have more questions about dentures? The experts at Dentures Par Excellence provide a complete range of services with a goal to provide long-lasting and comfortable care to their patients. Please call our office to schedule an appointment at 309-693-7200 or visit us at www.denturesparexcellence.com