While diabetes is known to increase the risk of oral health problems, persons with diabetes do not automatically qualify for dental treatment assistance. However, there are additional conditions that may allow you to obtain NHS assistance for dental care, such as: if you are under the age of 18, if you are aged 65 or over, or if you are disabled.
If you are interested in obtaining dental treatment benefits, it is important to understand how this might affect you and your family's future access to care. It is also important to communicate these needs clearly to your dentist so they can work with you to ensure you receive appropriate care. If necessary, your dentist may be able to refer you to other providers for certain services.
Diabetes can lead to serious long-term effects on your teeth including increased risk of developing kidney disease and heart disease. Therefore, it is important to take good care of your teeth even if you have diabetes. The best way to prevent tooth loss due to diabetes is by visiting your dentist regularly for checkups and cleaning procedures.
If you are unable to visit the dentist regularly, it is recommended that you wear a mouth guard at all times while playing sports or engaging in any other activity where you may experience trauma to the face. A properly fitted mouth guard will reduce your risk of injury from falls, bike crashes, skateboarding hits, and more.
Because diabetes can limit blood circulation to the area, you are more likely to have oral health problems such as cavities and infections of the gums and bones that keep your teeth in place if you have diabetes. If you have diabetes and are over the age of 50, your risk is significantly greater. The reason: Diabetic patients over the age of 40 experience bone loss around the face, especially from the jaws. This is because reduced blood flow to these areas causes them to become less dense with minerals such as calcium.
If you're taking medications for diabetes or have recently been diagnosed with the disease, your dentist will want to make sure you don't have any adverse effects from your treatments. For example, people who take insulin may need to seek out dentists who are experienced in treating diabetics. Your dentist may recommend changes to your treatment plan including modifications to your dental routine (such as delaying procedures or avoiding certain types of anesthesia).
Diabetics should also be aware of potential oral complications from their conditions and treat them promptly if they arise. For example, if you have diabetes and notice signs of infection such as redness or swelling of the gums, visit your dentist right away so these issues can be resolved before they worsen. Likewise, if you are experiencing pain from your teeth, contact us immediately so we can determine what needs to be done to alleviate your discomfort.
Overall, proper management of diabetes can help prevent oral health problems.
People with poorly managed diabetes are more likely to have dental complications. Because diabetes can limit blood flow to the gums, they are more prone to develop infections of the gums and the bones that keep their teeth in place. High blood sugar levels can also cause dry mouth and exacerbate gum disease. Finally, people with diabetes are more likely to suffer from tooth decay due to inadequate saliva production.
Diabetes can also impact the way your teeth look. The presence of glucose in your bloodstream can lead to abnormal development of bacteria that live in your mouth. These bacteria produce acids that wear away at the surface of your teeth causing them to brown prematurely. If you have poorly controlled diabetes, you may need treatment to reduce the risk of developing serious dental problems. Your dentist may recommend cleaning your teeth regularly and applying fluoride products or supplements to protect against decay.
Being a diabetic does not prevent you from getting sick with toothaches. However, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk of getting diabetes-related dental problems. It is important to visit the dentist every six months for cleanings and exams. Oral cancer is also more common in people with diabetes because they tend to delay going to the dentist. Therefore, it's important to continue visiting your dentist even if you feel you're out of danger.
If you have diabetes and start feeling pain when you brush your teeth, see your dentist right away.