Diabetes- Your Oral Health
with diabetes are more susceptible to oral health problem. At
the same time oral health could increase the risk of diabetes
too. Thus oral health and diabetes is appears to be a two way
street. You may wonder how it could happen.
When the blood glucose level is higher,
1. The blood vessels in the mouth will be narrower which
reduces the blood supply to the gums. Therefore gums will be
susceptible to infections.
2. Amounts of saliva in the mouth decreased and it causes dry
Saliva is natural cleanser for teeth and gum, which contains
antibacterial properties. Thus, dry mouth will lead to an
increase of plaque; tartar build-up which might causes gum
3. Could causes thrush, a fungal infection which results in
formation of painful white patches
When there is periodontal disease occur in a person,
It causes bacteria enter the bloodstream and activate the
immune cells. These activated cells will produce inflammatory
biological signals (cytokines) which affect the entire body.
When it comes to pancreas, high levels of cytokines capable to
damage cells that responsible for insulin production. Thus
chronic periodontal disease could lead to Type-2 diabetes.
Mouth is window to overall health. So, each and every
individual have to take care of their oral health. There are few
herbs that can be used for good oral health in addition to
brushing and flossing. For an example:
There are few essential oil bearing plants that are act as
antibacterial and helps in stimulating blood flow to gums.
Example of herbs: Spearmint, fennel, cinnamon, sage, thyme, and
Research shows that plant rich in tannin capable as
anti-viral. Example of herbs is
1. Krameria which contain 40% could
act as dentifrice if combine with myrrh and can be applied for
bleeding gums or spongy gums.
For chronic gum inflammation, sage can be used.
Antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-inflammation:
1. Bloodroot strongly inhibits plaque and decay causing
2. Plantain is used for abscess and also for inflammation
Consistent oral hygiene is vital in order prevent diabetes
Patients should monitor their oral health in order to prevent
their diabetes and oral health from getting worst.
For healthy smile watch out your oral health and monitor your
diabetes if you in the diabetes zone.