Six steps for diabetics to ensure a long-lasting, healthy smile
Diabetes is a defect in the body’s ability to convert glucose to energy, which is our main source of fuel. More than 8.3 percent of the adult population in America has diabetes and the number is increasing every year. Since diabetes can cause problems with nearly every part of your body, it’s important to know how it may affect your oral health.
- Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day to help remove decay-causing plaque that builds up naturally on teeth.
- Control your blood sugar level to prevent high levels of bacteria from forming in the mouth.
- Make sure to visit your dentist twice a year for regular checkups and inform them you have diabetes.
- If you wear them, remove and clean your dentures daily.
- Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol intake, which can raise your blood sugar levels.
- Contact your dentist if you experience any of the following symptoms of gum disease: gums that bleed; gums that have pulled away from the teeth; pus that appears between your teeth and gums; constant bad breath.
If you wish to learn more about the correlation between gum disease and diabetes, please visit the American Dental Association website or speak with your dentist for more information.
This week we’re giving away an Oral-B Professional Series electric toothbrush to help keep your smile healthy and bright. We only have one to give away, but we’ve partnered with Crest and Oral-B to offer significant discounts on several professional series oral care products. These products, normally offered only through your dentist, are designed to help promote a clean, healthy mouth. Check out these discounts for Blue Dental members today by logging in to Member Secured Services at bcbsm.com to improve your dental and overall health.
Why We’re Celebrating National Diabetes Awareness Month
While researchers are still studying links between gum disease and diabetes, there’s no doubt that taking care of your teeth is critical and scheduling regular checkups can help identify symptoms of diabetes. Blue Dental (SM) and Blue Vision (SM) believe good dental and vision health are just good sense – and can possibly lead to a proper diagnosis of diabetes and a host of other ailments and diseases.