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Type 2 Diabetes and Gum disease

Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by ShugaShuga, Oct 20, 2015.

  1. Neverbloobloo

    Neverbloobloo · Member

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    Sorry I should have stated the obvious that you do need to replace the brush heads from time to time just like a normal brush, look out for bargain offers, as sometimes you can get them really cheaply.
     
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    lessci Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Another vote for interdental brushes, I'm currently undergoing a course of treatment at the local dental hospital, as if the pockets are above a certain depth even perfect dental hygiene doesn't work, only a deep clean does the trick. I've also invested in a water floss er which seems to be helping
     
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  3. catherinecherub

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    I use interdental brushes and an electric toothbrush as this was the advice I was given by my dentist. Although I have not required treatment this is the routine I use as he is of the opinion that diabetics need to do the best they can to prevent problems.

    I had a dental implant last year following a fall that damaged my tooth beyond repair and have had no problems with it to date. It was expensive but depending on the condition of your gums this is not something that is always possible.
     
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    Indy51 Type 2 · Expert

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    I find using a water pick/air floss is much easier than flossing and apparently they're more efficient too. They're quite a hefty investment though.
     
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    Dazedandconfused1 Type 2 · Member

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    Hi I'm newly diagnosed type 2 who fortunately has a dentist who is type 2. I have been to see him today he advised never ever brush too hard as it aggravates the gums and will make it worse. He also said not to use mouth wash but I think that was more to do with the fact that I have Oral Lichen Planus!! I have an electric Oral B which flashes red when you apply too much pressure. Also use interdental so.
     
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  6. Diligent500

    Diligent500 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi to all,

    As I am type 2 diabetic I brush my teeth with a electric toothbrush n my teeth bleed and at the back of them the other day it was a top tooth it happened to.

    What do I do to stop it happening?

    Diligent500.
     
  7. ShugaShuga

    ShugaShuga Type 2 · Member

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    ShugaShuga Type 2 · Member

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    I reckon a Diabetes 2 dentist must know what he's talking about. 'Wonder where I can find one?
    So brushing hard is out, as advised by an number of contributors.
    'Never heard of Oral Lichen Planus. However, I did some browsing and found :-
    "Avoid spicy, acidic or salty foods if these make your mouth sore."
    Sounds/feels familiar. My gums seem to have become sensitive to these over the last month or so. I ate an orange and an apple yesterday and my gums were stinging for hours. Same thing happens if I drink a beer now. I have recently had some extractions and have been using warm water and salt as a mouth wash. The extraction sites are on the right side, the sensitivity seems confined to the left, but if some of the salt gets over to the left, then I get a painful few hours. The gums (top and bottom) on the left feel rough to my tongue. A new dentist noticed some papules (little blister-like things) on the back of my tongue which seemed a bit larger than average. Pictures of these have been sent to the local dental hospital. Hmmmm!
     
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    ShugaShuga Type 2 · Member

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    Thanks. A few people have mentioned Oral B electrics. Is it one of the round-headed ones or the long (like a manual) headed ones?
     
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    ShugaShuga Type 2 · Member

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    Thanks. Some of these look gruesome, but the message that oral cancer is treatable and curable, if caught in time, is reassuring.
     
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    ShugaShuga Type 2 · Member

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    Finally attended Liverpool Dental Hospital on Tue 22/12/15. The person I saw had no idea what was causing my problem. He said that he was a dental surgeon and did teeth not gums. Having said that, I got the wrap-around x-ray and he checked my tongue and throat but just couldn't see anything that might be causing my burning gums and aching teeth. He said that I should ask to be referred to a "Dental Chemist" - at least that's what I think he said. Has anybody heard of such people? Dazedandconfused1 mentioned Oral Lichen Planus. If they read this, how did they find out they had it? Who made the diagnosis? Is this the person who would take a skin sample from the gum? This seems like the kind of person that I should be referred to. But, who are they and how do I get to see them?
     
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    Something that worked for me was to literally 'grout' the teeth around the sore spot with toothpaste after thoroughly cleaning and rinsing. This sits there for quite a while before disolving away, especially at night and is less agressive than mouthwash.
     
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