Patient was instructed that diabetes can damage many parts of the body, including the mouth and teeth. Diabetes increases the risk of gum disease, cavities and tooth loss, dry mouth and a variety of oral infections.
Patient was instructed on a healthy mouth. Poor oral mouth can make diabetes more difficult to control. Infections may cause the blood sugar to rise and require more insulin to keep it under control. In addition diabetes can diminish the ability to taste sweets influencing and changing food choices in favor of additional sweeter tasting foods, thereby affecting the dental health.
Patient was instructed on a healthy mouth. Tooth damage. An invisible film of bacteria, saliva and food particles (dental plaque) normally cover teeth. The bacteria feed on the sugars and starches in the foods and beverages consumed and produce acids that damage the hard enamel coating the teeth. Damage from this acid increases the risk of tooth decay (cavities).
Patient was instructed on Gum disease. Dental plaque can cause many problems if not removed from the teeth with regular brushing and flossing. It hardens under the gum line into a substance called tartar or calculus. Tartar irritates the gums and causes gingivitis. Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss.
Patient was instructed on Darkened teeth. It is caused by changes in dentin
Patient was instructed on Dry mouth. That is caused by reduced saliva flow, which can be a result of medications. While advancing age impairs the sense of taste, diseases, medications and dentures can diminishes sense of taste.
Patient was instructed on Root decay (cavities). That is caused by exposure of the tooth to decay-causing acids. The tooth roots become exposed as gum tissue recedes from tooth.
Patient was instructed on oral hygiene tips for seniors. Daily brushing and flossing of the natural teeth is essential to keep them in good health. Plaque can build up quickly on the teeth of older adults, especially if oral hygiene is neglected, and lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Brush at least twice a day with fluoride containing toothpaste. Floss at least once a day. Visit the dentist regularly for cleaning and examination.