Do you and your care staff know about the connection between diabetes and oral health? According to the American Diabetes Association there is an increased prevalence of gum disease among those with diabetes; placing them at highest risk for gingivitis and periodontitis.
In addition to assisting with blood glucose control and oral care, watch for these signs and symptoms of oral health problems in your residents with diabetes:
- Bleeding gums during brushing or flossing. This bleeding is not normal. Even if the gums don’t hurt, get them checked.
- Red, swollen, or tender gums.
- Gums that have pulled away from teeth. Part of the tooth’s root may show, or teeth may look longer.
- Pus between the teeth and gums (when you press on the gums).
- Bad breath
- Permanent teeth that are loose or moving away from each other.
- Changes in the way teeth fit when your resident bites.
- Changes in the fit of partial dentures or bridges.
Click here to learn more from the American Diabetes Association