Learning that you are diabetic raises questions about your overall health, as well as the impact this may have on your day-to-day life. Being diabetic does mean that health risks are greater, however, through diet, exercise, and a health care regime, living with diabetes is manageable. What many of us forget about when caring for our overall health, is considering our oral health. Our Oral health can have adverse effects to our overall health, and can also increase our health risks, especially when having diabetes. Here is a look at what happens to our bodies when we have diabetes and the effects this has on our teeth as well as our overall health.
When we eat, our bodies break down food and turn it into sugar or glucose to use as energy. Insulin, a hormone made from an organ in the body called the pancreas, allows glucose to transfer into the body’s cells to be used as energy. Insulin sometimes referred to as ‘the key’ prevents your blood sugar from getting too high or too low, through transferring as well as storing energy in the body.
This is where our immune system attacks and destroys the insulin produced in the pancreas.
This is where a person has a resistance to insulin, meaning they do not produce enough insulin or the body does no react properly to this hormone in the body.
Following a daily oral health routine, through brushing, flossing and mouthwash will enable you to battle against bacteria. This will clean, reduce, and prevent plaque and tarter build up where bacteria lay. It is also advisable that you visit a dentist regularly, this allows a professional to evaluate your oral health, as well as give you help and advice on maintaining good oral hygiene. Improving your oral health will improve your overall health, this will, in turn, help lower your health risks, especially when this is heightened due to diabetes.
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The Brighton Implant Clinic was established in 2009, Hove, East Sussex. The award – winning clinic now spans over four sites in Hove, Brighton, Worthing, and Hailsham. Founder and principal dentist Dr Bruno Silva has created a clinic with state of the art facilities and equipment including its own dental laboratory. We provide personalised and affordable dental care, including dental implants and cosmetic dentistry solutions, with additional services such as sedative dentistry. Dr Silva and his team believe a smile is a gift that keeps on giving, confidence in your smile is confidence in you. Their promise is to provide patients with first class dental treatments with first class patient care.