Diabetes Patients Complain About Dental Problems

Diabetes Patients Complain About Dental Problems
Diabetes Patients Complain About Dental Problems
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About 537 million people worldwide struggle with diabetes. Saying that diabetes patients often complain of mouth and dental problems, Private Etiler Dental Clinic Medical Director Prof. Dr. Alper Çelik said, "Some symptoms in the mouth and teeth may indicate diabetes, and uncontrolled diabetes may adversely affect oral and dental health."

According to the data announced by Statista, approximately 537 million people worldwide are struggling with diabetes. While research points out that the cases have increased steadily over the last few decades, this figure is predicted to reach 2045 million by 700. Stating that diabetes patients often complain of oral and dental problems, Private Etiler Dental Clinic Medical Director Prof. Dr. Alper Çelik said, “As some symptoms related to the mouth and teeth may indicate diabetes, uncontrolled diabetes can negatively affect oral and dental health. Therefore, it is of critical importance to protect and control body health with periodic dental examinations as well as daily dental care.

Diabetics suffer from oral and dental problems

Noting that uncontrolled blood sugar causes many oral and dental problems in diabetic patients, Prof. Dr. Alper Çelik said, “Although the most common oral and dental disorders of diabetes patients are dry mouth, tooth decay, fungal infections in the mouth and gum diseases, the problems are not always limited to this. Serious problems such as taste disturbance, enlargement of the salivary glands, and formation of lesions affecting the tongue may also occur. But these do not represent a one-sided effect. Oral and dental problems can be a harbinger of diabetes, as well as uncontrolled diabetes can negatively affect dental health.

“Infection raises blood sugar”

Stating that because diabetes delays the healing of wounds, the treatment processes are also interrupted, Private Etiler Dental Clinic Medical Director Prof. Dr. Alper Çelik conveyed the oral and dental treatment process of diabetic patients with these words: “Diabetes under control does not pose a danger in oral interventions. However, the blood sugar level of the patients must be below 180 mg / dl, and the patients can carry out their routine checks without any doubt, provided that they have their blood sugar measured the day before. In patients whose blood sugar level is below this rate, emergency infection interventions are performed because the infection raises blood sugar, and drug therapy is administered for 24-48 hours after a surgical intervention in the mouth.

“Brushing teeth is not enough to maintain oral and dental health”

Although dental and gingival treatment is a stressful phenomenon for patients, Prof. Dr. Alper Çelik suggested the following methods for diabetic patients to protect their oral and dental health: “Patients with diabetes should brush their teeth at least 2 times a day for 2 minutes, and floss at least once a day. Especially in diabetic patients with infection, they should struggle with problems without delay, as blood sugar can get out of control. In addition to brushing and flossing, we recommend that they go for a check-up every six months to protect their oral health.”

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