…Type 2 Diabetes and Gingivitis Prevention

Type 2 Diabetes and Gingivitis Prevention:

Gingivitis is caused by Porphyromonas gingivalis bacteria and leads to periodontal diseases. It is preventable and treatable if discovered early.

Periodontal diseases if untreated cause bone loss beneath the tooth resulting in the loss of tooth attachment. Furthermore, gingivitis inflammation may contribute the worsening of diabetes and heart diseases. Regular check-ups with your hygienist and dentist becomes essential. Periodontal treatment for diabetes patients is a lengthy process and requires aggressive measurements which normally is not reserved for non-diabetics.

The inflammation of the gum increases the insulin resistance. Thus for people with diabetes the periodontal disease prevention is one of the most important steps in the overall management.

Ten behavioral and practical ways to reduce the chances of contracting periodontal diseases

(reference: Periodontal Disease in Diabetics: Relationship, Prevention, and Treatment by Schulze and Busse)

  1. Stop smoking
  2. Adequate glycemic control
  3. Professional education about oral health in general
  4. Education about home oral care and the importance of quality soft tooth brushes such as Oral B Complete Deep Clean Soft Bristles Toothbrush
  5. Brush twice daily or more, using gentle force, each more than 3 minutes
  6. Floss often and after each meal
  7. Do not forget tongue-brushing
  8. Do not share tooth brush with partner
  9. Do not use a tooth brush more then three months
  10. Use antibacterial tooth paste such as Colgate’s Total brand tooth paste which contains triclosan

Oral rinsing with warm salt water (one teaspoon of table salt in 4 fl.oz of warm water) two to three time a day has been reported to reduce inflammation and reduce bacteria-load in the mouth. Oral surgeon routinely advice salt swishing after the surgery to reduce swelling.

Other practical information about the oral hygiene and daily care can be found under the title, “How to Cope With Gingivitiss”


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Diabetes Daily Post Health Care Staff

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