Management of Neuropathy_4 Taking Care of Teeth
Management of neuropathy_4
is the key to avoid complications. We have covered a lot of issues to be sure we are on the right track from eating healthy and exercising all the way to smoking and foot care but I bet we have not covered problems poor management could cause the mouth.
We already know that diabetes can harm the eyes, kidneys, heart, nerves and other parts of the anatomy. The mouth too? How does it affect the mouth? Well PWD (people with diabetes) are susceptible to gum (periodontal) disease. This is an infection to the bone and gum that keep the teeth in their place. This is another thing we have to watch out in the management of neuropathy_4.
Gum disease can make it more painful to chew. It can also lead to discomfort, ulcers, tooth decay and ultimately to loss of teeth. Is there something we can do about this? You bet! There is no problem in this world that has no corresponding solution if we just put our mind to it.
So what can we do? I think you already know the answer. It is no other than keeping the blood sugar under control. Studies have shown that the PWD with poor blood sugar control get periodontal disease more frequently than those who maintain their blood sugar level at a healthy range.
Also, quit smoking as it will only exacerbate the problem. Not only does it raise the risk to get periodontal disease but it also raises the odd to get heart disease, kidney disease, nerve disease and stroke. Flossing and brushing the teeth every day plus regular dental check-up will all help avoid this complication.
You see, the glucose in the saliva helps make the plaque grow. What is plaque? Plaques are harmful germs that can grow from eating sugary and starchy foods. They harden and form a line just around the gums if not removed. The gums then become swollen and red and they easily bleed.
The bleeding gums is the first stage called gingivitis which is the precursor of periodontal disease. If the gingivitis is not treated, it can graduate to the next stage called periodontitis where the tissue and the bone that keep the teeth in place start to break down making the gums pull away from the teeth.
When you get to the advanced stage of periodontitis, you will be referred to a periodontist by your dentist. A periodontist is an expert at dealing with gum disease. By this time if this condition is not treated, the tissue and bones that help keep the teeth in place are destroyed, loosening the teeth that may have to be removed.
But it does not have to be this way. If we follow the suggestions I will give you on the next page, you will be fine. Meantime work on the blood sugar control by eating healthy and moving more. Plus if there are recommendations and medications prescribed by your doctor, please heed them. That makes one able to do the management of neuropathy_4 well.
In the next web page, I will get you through the different stages of problems that diabetes can cause to the mouth. As well, I will let you know what each means, what to expect as to the symptoms of each stage and the treatment to follow to prevent any undue damage. There will also be recommendations to follow to be in compliance to the management of neuropathy_4
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