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YOUR DAILY MOUTHCARE TREATMENT PLAN
The unique AnOxident balance mouth care range is an essential part of your daily diabetes care plan.
The products have been specially developed to protect your teeth and gums from the high levels of glucose present in your saliva which can contribute to significant diabetes-related oral problems.
Being Diabetic can seriously limit and compromise your mouth health.
Research shows that if you suffer with Diabetes you have an increased prevalence to gum disease, because you seem to be more prone to severe periodontal disease. In fact, epidemiological studies have clearly identified that diabetes is a major risk factor for periodontitis, increasing your risk approximately 3x compared to non-Diabetics.
Evidence also shows that there is an important bi-directional relationship between periodontal disease and systemic disease in Diabetes. Consequently, Diabetics with poor oral health are more at risk of developing organ failure and other systemic disorders such as Cardiovascular, Kidney Disease and Stroke.
This bi-directional relationship is called the seesaw effect; a phenomenon regularly found in Diabetes, as indicated in the diagram below:
|Diabetes predisposes to|
|HIGH GLUCOSE||⇄||PERIODONTAL INFLAMMATION|
|Exacerbates high levels of|
The severity of periodontal disease in Diabetics may be partly due to compromised immune responses which slow down healing and in turn lead to chronic inflammation and infection in the mouth. However, the increased risk of periodontal disease in Diabetes is also linked to Diabetic medication as well as the condition known as Xerostomia (Dry Mouth) which can also accompany Diabetes. This latter problem is particularly prevalent during the night which may contribute to the accumulation of glucose in your mouth during sleep.
So, even though you control your blood glucose levels and maintain a healthy diet, as a Diabetic you can have up to 4 times more glucose in your saliva than non-Diabetics. This may be one of the factors which cause Diabetics to experience progressive periodontal problems.
On the positive side, evidence shows that controlling periodontal problems in Diabetes can also help to control your blood glucose levels.
Unfortunately, many Diabetics are unaware of the links between periodontitis and Diabetes and of the potential benefits that periodontal treatment can have in controlling your Diabetes.