Diabetes & Oral Health Complications – Part 3

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Diabetes & Oral Health Complications – Prevention and Hope

Having shared the basics of diabetes as well as some of the signs and symptoms in our recent blog series, we now offer something to smile about.  That is, healthy lifestyle choices and activities – including good oral health care – may be key contributing factors in helping prevent the onset of this condition.  Being cognizant of the mouth-body connection and making tweaks and improvements in your daily routine, may make a huge difference in helping protect against diabetes and ailments linked to oral health.

Brushing Your Teeth

Most dentists recommend brushing a minimum of twice a day and more is not necessarily better here. As a matter of fact, excessive brushing can even be harmful. Also, brushing too rigorously or incorrectly can cause irritation to the gums and erode tooth enamel. The trick is to brush gently and consistently for two to three minutes.

In addition, what you put on your toothbrush matters. Most toothpastes are abrasive and are used to scrub away plaque. But you may also want to consider other properties that a good toothpaste should have – not drying out the mouth, not causing excessive wear, and on the positive side, helping neutralize the acidity in your mouth.

ionic toothbrush

And what about the toothbrush itself? An independent report showed that electric toothbrushes, including leading brands, may only remove up to 21% more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush! That’s because most toothbrushes attempt to scrub away plaque using friction. But here’s the thing:  as dentists learn in dental school, plaque attaches to teeth with an ionic bond. Friction doesn’t easily break this ionic bond. This is why DrTung’s introduced the Ionic toothbrush, a toothbrush that effortlessly removes plaque from teeth without excessive scrubbing or friction. By temporarily changing the polarity of teeth surfaces, it breaks the ionic bond. This toothbrush has been clinically shown to remove up to 48% more plaque than a manual brush! (And it works without toothpaste).

Flossing

We recently posted an informative blog on the benefits of flossing.  Flossing is an outstanding way to disrupt plaque, so incorporating this habit into your oral health routine can be a major contributor to better oral health, and lessen oral health complications that could be linked to diabetes.  DrTung’s Smart Floss® removes up to 55% more plaque than leading floss types. PLUS, it’s coated with only natural ingredients and the container is made with eco-friendly Eco-Pure®.

Oil Pulling and More

Ancient Ayurvedic texts recommend OIL PULLING as part of your daily routine, to strengthen teeth and gums, help with mouth dryness and other oral conditions. DrTung’s Oil Pulling Concentrate is a time-tested remedy of 24 plants and herbs in a penetrating, nourishing base of organic sesame oil.

Remember, most of all oral health complications begin with plaque, so make sure your toothbrush and other oral health tools have the power to defend against it.   Click here to learn more and check out DrTung’s full array of natural oral health care products.

This wraps up our blog series on diabetes and oral health complications. We hope it inspires you to maximize your oral health care and live your life to its fullest…now that’s something to smile about!

Diabetes and Oral Health Complications – Part 2

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To continue with our diabetes blog series, let’s take a look at signs and symptoms to be aware of that may indicate an oral health issue, which could be a warning sign of Type 2 diabetes.  With the many resources now available to us to learn and self-help, we are able to take more personal responsibility for monitoring our health. Of course, with any general health or oral health concerns, you should always consult with your physician or dentist.

Oral Health Symptoms – What to Look For:

Most oral health complications begin with plaque, that sticky substance on your teeth that acts like a petri dish for bacteria. However, diabetes can also weaken your immune system and your mouth’s ability to fight off germs. Both scenarios can lead to gum disease (or periodontal disease), which can lead to other health issues and costly dental work. The American Diabetes Association advises you to be aware of the following signs:

  • Bleeding gums when you brush or floss. This bleeding is not normal. Even if your gums don’t hurt, get them checked.
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums. 
  • Gums that have pulled away from teeth. Part of the tooth’s root may show, or your teeth may look longer.
  • Pus between the teeth and gums (when you press on the gums). 
  • Bad breath.
  • Permanent teeth that are loose or moving away from each other.
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit when you bite.
  • Changes in the fit of partial dentures or bridges.1http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/oral-health-and-hygiene/warning-signs.html?referrer=http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/oral-health-and-hygiene/diabetes-and-oral-health.html

Additionally, if you have a family history of diabetes or oral health complications, it is important to be even more proactive and pay attention to even the slightest of symptoms. The sooner you identify a change, the sooner you can treat your condition and prevent other potential health problems. You’re probably already seeing your dentist on a regular basis, but if you’re not, please do so. The earlier you detect a problem, the greater chance of reversing or slowing down the progression. Plus, like DrTung’s, they’re prepared to coach you on better self-care to prevent more serious issues down the road.

Take the Oral Health Quiz   

We found an excellent quiz from the American Diabetes Association to help you sharpen your knowledge on how diabetes can impact oral health. We invite you to take the quiz and share how you did on our Facebook page (don’t worry, you won’t be graded on it!). You might even win a special DrTung’s prize!

We hope this information broadens your understanding of what to be aware of when it comes to oral health symptoms and potential diabetes warning signs. Our next blog will focus on specific activities and tools for you to reduce your chances of diabetes through better oral hygiene and a more balanced lifestyle.

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1. http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/oral-health-and-hygiene/warning-signs.html?referrer=http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/oral-health-and-hygiene/diabetes-and-oral-health.html