Is There A Correlation Between Poor Oral Health And Diabetes & Infographic
The key to a healthy mouth and a healthy body is the attention you give your pearly whites. Realizing real world statistics of Canadians’ oral health and the correlation to diabetes is a real eye opener.
But there’s hope. This infographic brought to you by Birch Dental Group highlights the percentage of Canadians suffering from poor oral health as well tips on how to prevent certain dental problems that could lead to diabetes.
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Mostly everyone we know has a dental cavity, and this infographic reveals that a whopping 96% of Canadian adults have dental cavities, with a quarter of Canadians not being regulars for dentist appointments.
There’s even a fun fact thrown in which will leave you speechless – just imagine, there are more bacteria in your mouth than the Earth’s entire population!
However, you can prevent certain dental problems from arising by watching what you eat. Your diet is a huge contributor to how your body’s health is, and watching what you put in it will help save you additional trips to the dentist.
Acidic drinks like sodas and lemon water can cause havoc to your teeth’s enamel, slowly eroding it away due to the high phosphorus content and acidic content. These energy drinks may also have a high sugar content, which may play havoc with your blood sugar levels, which in turn could affect the nerve endings in your body.
Thinking this is not so serious? When your nerve endings are damaged, your gums are starved of oxygen, and our body needs oxygen to stay healthy. Gums deprived of oxygen will face more damage, leading to a higher chance of infections. If you have irregular blood sugar level, you can control this with regular exercise and a healthy diet.
Smokers have a higher chance of getting gum disease than people who abstain from smoking. So if you’re thinking of quitting today – act on that thought and leave those tobacco filled products behind you to enjoy a longer and healthier life.
The simple rule of brushing your teeth as well as flossing on a regular basis will help keep the bacteria at bay. Many times we brush our teeth and think that we’ve done a good job and leave it at that. However, up to 40% of debris could still be stuck between your teeth that only flossing could help. Leaving the food debris unchecked will lead to tooth decay.
Another rule of thumb is to make sure you don’t neglect your gum line and tongue when you are brushing your teeth, cleaning your pearly whites for at least two minutes.
If you can add rinsing your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash to your oral hygiene schedule, then you can help decrease your chances further of getting periodontal issues in the future.
Birch Dental Group advises you to schedule regular dental appointments so they detect any signs of tooth decay and keep it in check.
If you are visiting your dentist, be sure to let them know all pertinent information about yourself – like any medical conditions you may suffer from like diabetes, or if you wear dentures, so that you get the best advice they can possibly give you.
Being aware of dental problems and its connection to diabetes will help make you be vigilant of your oral hygiene, and these tips provided by Birch Dental Group should help make sure your pearly whites remain healthy pearly whites.