Diabetes and your oral health

Diabetes and your oral health

I am a bad boy. I suffer from hypoglycemia and used it to eliminate the one and half hour wait at a restaurant Friday night. I told the manager: “I cant wait until 10:30pm to eat; I need food NOW.” She accommodated us and took us to a table immediately. I was getting light-headed and nauseous and was most appreciated of the manager’s efforts. Bravo people of Jupiter. (I apologize I cant remember the name of the restaurant, but it is a new-ish Asian-Fusion establishment.)

Those with diabetes need to see the dentist regularly too:

Why? The dry mouth causes many issues:

  • Cavities
  • Bad breath
  • A sore tongue or throat
  • Trouble chewing, speaking, or swallowing
  • Makes dentures not fit correctly
  • Fungal infections in the mouth called thrush or candida.
  • Poor healing from gum procedures and extractions
  • Tips for dry mouth: (also caused by many medications)
  • Sipping water or sugarless drinks that do not contain caffeine.
  • Sucking on ice chips
  • Chewing sugar-free gym or sucking on sugar-free candy to stimulate salivary flow

Avoid:

  • Salty or spicy foods
  • Alcoholic or caffeine-containing beverages
  • Using tobacco

Prevention of cavities must include brushing and flossing and seeing the hygienists every four months.

Disclosure: I don’t recommend feigning illness to get a table in a restaurant. (Unless the wait is one hour or more!)

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