Healthcare continues to evolve, and new research confirms that good oral health is integral to good general health. It has been found that this link is even more important for people with diabetes.
According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA)
, emerging research suggests that the relationship between serious gum disease and diabetes is twofold. Not only are people with diabetes prone to gum disease, but gum disease may potentially affect blood glucose control which contributes to the progression of diabetic conditions.
So, if you have diabetes, not taking proper care of your teeth and gums may increase your chances of diabetes complications.
Sunstar Americas, Inc. is working with Joslin Diabetes Center
to educate people with diabetes and dental care providers on the importance of maintaining a regular dental care routine as part of a comprehensive diabetes care plan. (Joslin is an independent, nonprofit institution, and does not endorse products or services.)
Key steps to help people with diabetes maintain healthy teeth and gums include:
- Managing blood glucose levels
- Visiting the dentist and/or periodontist twice a year
- Keeping the dentist and/or periodontist informed of how well your diabetes is in control, including your most recent A1C number
- If you wear dentures or partials, removing and cleaning them daily
- Routine brushing, flossing and customized care as directed
- Not smoking
- Awareness of gum disease warning signs such as bleeding gums, gums that have pulled away from teeth, tender gums or loose teeth
If you are a Diabetes Educator and want to learn more about Sunstar and resources available to you, including Diabetes Care Kits, please click here
. If you live with Diabetes and want to learn more about how Diabetes impacts your oral health and want additional resources, please click here
Products that can be used to help ensure good oral health and conduct proper routine oral care:
— Clinically proven to remove as much plaque between the teeth as string floss , the Soft-Picks are an ideal product for on-the-go. Their soft, flexible rubber bristles slide between teeth to remove food particles and gently massage gums.
® — Daily dental probiotic supplement that comes in a mint-flavored lozenge, clinically shown to reduce plaque and promote healthy teeth and gums.
 Yost, KG, Mallatt ME, Liebman J: Interproximal gingivitis and plaque reduction by four interdental products. J Clin Dent. 2006; 17(3): 79:83