Management of Neuropathy_6: Know What To Do With Gum Disease


Management of neuropathy_6 deals with the more severe form that can afflict the mouth of the diabetic. In addition to identifying and explaining the symptoms, we will deal with the causes, diagnosis, precautions and the treatment to avoid dry mouth.

Periodontitis is the more severe of the gum disease where in addition to the red, bleeding and swollen gums, the teeth are pulling away from them. There's also pus in the gum and the bad breath won't go away. But someone used this to:

banish bad breath and gum disease.

Your dentist may also do deep cleaning, prescribe medicine or recommend gum surgery.

Then there's thrush which occurs when it grows, with the body unable to control it. It persists for a long time with lesions in the mouth, inside cheeks and tongue. Healthy people can be effectively treated with antifungal medication in the form of lozenges, tablets or liquid that are taken generally from 10 to 14 days. The dentist will prescribe the treatment that fits the person best.

The next condition is dry mouth which in medical terms is called xerostomia. This is a common problem among the diabetics where the salivary flow has changed which is part of the task involving the management of neuropathy_6. You see the teeth and muscles chew the foods into small pieces to make the digestion easy.

The saliva helps with the digestion also by making it possible to chew and swallow the food. Actually the saliva has a lot of work to do because in addition, it controls the bacteria in the mouth and in so doing prevents infection. What it does is that it cleans the mouth by making it moist and so it neutralizes the acids formed by dental plaque.

The saliva also washes away the dead skin cells that collect on the cheeks, tongue and gums. The trouble is that this condition, xerostomia, is difficult to diagnose. Why? It is because dry mouth is quite subjective due to the nature of the condition but we can't just ignore it and pretend it is going away because this increases the risk for gum disease. Besides to maintain oral health is part of the management of neuropathy_6.

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Mouth frequently feels dry sometimes the whole time.

Mouth is painful with infection and sores.

Lips are cracked and the tongue is dry and rough.

It is also difficult to eat, chew, swallow and even talk.


In most cases, dry mouth is due to the side effects of the medications taken for blood pressure and heart problems. They say there are over 500 of such medications, either over the counter or prescribed. Other causes of dry mouth are medications used to fight depression, allergies and anxiety and caffeinated beverages.


Drinking water often will help. Also it is a good idea to ask the pharmacist what are the side effects of the medication you are taking. Visit the dentist twice a year and have him or his dental hygienist to do an oral examination and prophylaxis. Taking care of oral health will help get the diabetes under control and part of the management of neuropathy_6.

For dry mouth, it is not also recommended to use mouthwash with alcohol but for those who do not have dry mouth, the best mouthwash to use is the one that contains alcohol. This is based on the research done to control oral diseases.


Take the medicine prescribed by the dentist or your doctor so the mouth will stay wet.

Use mints and gums that are sugarless to get more wet in the mouth

Use :

fluoride mouth rinse to rinse the mouth. Some say it has cured their gum disease and that this is cheaper than the one available in their local drugstore.

Stop smoking and drinking alcohol and caffeinated beverages.

Sip water often.

Avoid eating salty and spicy foods as the dry mouth could feel the pain.

Use humidifier to raise the moisture level in the house.

Ways for Optimal Oral Health for Those With Dry Mouth

1. After each meal, wipe and rinse mouth right away.

2. After each meal, remove, brush and rinse dental appliances.

3. Do oral hygiene four times a day, after each meal and before going to bed.

4. Have water ready all day long to moisten the mouth.

5. Use toothbrush like Biotene that are made specifically for dry mouth or a toothbrush with fluoride.

6. At bedtime, apply prescription-strength fluoride.

7. Avoid foods that are too salty and those with lots of sugar.

8. Avoid liquids that contain sugar and limit the fruit juices and diet sodas.

9. Using moisturizer and lip balm regularly can help.

10. Avoid using rinses that contain alcohol. There are non alcoholic rinses available now.

11. To relieve discomfort, use artificial saliva preparations or gel as well as other salivary substitutes.

12. When the dry mouth is severe, the doctor might prescribe pilocarpine which should be used with the doctor's care.

There you have the information you need for periodontitis and dry mouth along with the causes, symptoms, prevention and treatment. Next time we will discuss all about the burning mouth sensation. This will help in the way to do the management of neuropathy_6.

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