Diabetes and Gum Disease

It happens quite often. Senior citizens living on their own end up in the emergency room due to mismanaged diabetes. Many have managed their own diabetes for years, but now due to forgetfulness (dementia), they no longer cook or eat properly leading to unstable blood sugars. If a solution for controlling the blood sugars isn’t found, many other health-related problems could surface.

Diabetes can impact your vision, nerves, kidneys and heart, but did you know it can cause problems inside your mouth? People with uncontrolled blood sugar often end up with gum disease. That can lead to problems chewing, and tooth loss. Many denture wearers don’t properly clean their false teeth simply because they haven’t thought about it. Take steps today to keep your mouth healthy. The best defense against gum disease is controlling blood sugar. Senior living communities offer a great solution as they offer staff to help manage medications; a chef that will prepare nutritious meals; and a visiting dental hygienist that will keep an eye out for potential problems.

For more helpful dental tips, please visit the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research at http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/Diabetes/DiabetesDentalTips.