The Wisdom of Teeth

Dental problems can be painful and costly. They are also preventable. Often at a visit to the dentist, people are reminded to lay off the sugar. Sugar is considered to be a  primary causes of cavities for many. So it is easy to see why there is a strong  correlation between diabetes and poor dental health. Elevated blood sugar increases the risk of cavities and inflammation of the gums.  In addition, diabetics are proned to decreased saliva production which can also accelerate the rate of decay.  Diabetes and poor dental hygiene can be  recipe for serious problems.

If you are a diabetic or have a prediabetic condition, make good dental care a priority. Be sure to brush and floss twice daily.  See your dentist at least twice a year. If your blood sugar is not under control you may need to go more often. Use dental products with fluoride. Fluoride helps to strengthen the enamel on teeth and reduces cavities.  Most tap water is enriched with fluoride but  many people drink only bottled water and consequently, do not get  the fluoride they need.  Finally, avoid rinses with alcohol. Alcohol can be drying and may worsen problems associated with decreased saliva production.

Good dental care is important to overall health and well-being.  As a diabetic, start today to reduce the possibilities of additional health risks and complications.  In the words of a chinese proverb, “A smile will gain you ten more years of life.”

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About Barbara Goldstein

I am the Director of Corporate Communications for Scott's Liquid Gold and Neoteric Cosmetics. I am the third generation to work in this family business founded and based in Denver, CO. We will celebrate our 6oth anniversary in 2011.
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9 Responses to The Wisdom of Teeth

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  9. Thanks for your comment. This information is a brief overview of dental care recommendations made by a dentist for people that suffer from diabetes. The American Cancer Society has studied flouride for more than 50 years and wrote the following. “The National Research Council (NRC), part of the National Academies, issued a report titled “Health Effects of Ingested Fluoride”. Its conclusion was that “the available laboratory data are insufficient to demonstrate a carcinogenic effect of fluoride in animals.” They also concluded that “the weight of the evidence from the epidemiological [population-based] studies completed to date does not support the hypothesis of an association between fluoride exposure and increased cancer risk in humans.”
    On many health related topics there is a lack of concensus. For the diabetic, good dental care is very important and for many, fluoride is necessary.

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