Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Diabetes can cause serious damage to the mouth

In 2022, the National Center for Epidemiology, Prevention and Disease Control (CDC Peru) of the Ministry of Health (MINSA) reported 9,586 cases of diabetes, 98% of the registered cases correspond to type 2 diabetes.

Patients with this disease of diabetes can suffer damage to the eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and other parts of the body. In addition, this condition produces a symptom called “sweet saliva”, which causes inflammation and infection of the gums.

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Dr. Elizabeth Salsavielka, Head of the Endocrinology Service of the Alberto Sabogal Hospital (Essalud) of the Social Health Security, explained that most patients with diabetes do not feel pain or limitations, so symptoms such as dry mouth or dryness go unnoticed. Breath.

“They only notice the seriousness when they lose a tooth for no apparent reason,” the official said.

According to the expert, there are two degrees of inflammation, gingivitis and periodontitis, the latter being serious as it damages the teeth without the presence of cavities.

“If these signs are ignored, the inflammation and infection will reach the level of the bone, which can cause pain and weaken the teeth,” says Dr. Salsawilka.

These are Escald’s recommendations for patients with diabetes to care for their oral health:

• Control your blood sugar level.

• Brush your teeth for two minutes, use soft bristles and don’t neglect cleaning your tongue.

• Visit the dentist twice a year to avoid further problems.

• Hydrate well, at least six glasses of water a day.

• give up smoking. Smoking is prohibited for a diabetic patient.

The Technical Unit for Non-Communicable Diseases of the Public Health Surveillance Directorate of Peru explained that diabetes is a metabolic disorder related to the accumulation of glucose in the patient’s blood, known as hyperglycemia.

The CDC mentions that maintaining a healthy diet is important for preventing diabetes, leading an active life where obesity and overweight are not a part of it, so it provides warning signs:

1. If you go to the bathroom frequently and pass large amounts of urine.

2. If you feel thirsty again and again, as well as hungry again and again.

3. Your vision is blurred.

4. You are tired.

Tingling in 5. hands and feet.

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