Some medical conditions can make it harder to maintain a good oral health. To learn more about this you can read our previous articles: This Medical Conditions Can Affect Oral Health, This Medical Conditions Can Affect Oral Health (Part 2).
But don’t worry, it is possible to have a good oral health despite any medical condition you have. For that, you must pay extra attention to the care of your mouth and its hygiene.
Medical Conditions And Oral Care: Tips
Here’s a list of some tips that will help you maintain a good oral health despite medical condition:
Oral Care For Diabetics: People with diabetes is prone to have gum disease and other common oral health problems as cavities, gingivitis or fungal infections. The gum disease in particularly can be very dangerous to diabetics due to it leads to the increase of the sugar blood levels, making it harder to control this health condition.
To keep a good oral care if you’re a diabetes patient you must:
- First, you need to keep your condition under control taking your medications, having a healthy diet and lifestyle, and regularly controlling your blood sugar levels. When diabetes is properly treated, there are fewer risks of developing oral health problems.
- Let know your dentist know about your condition and schedule regular check-ups. Don’t forget to tell your dentist about any issues or changes that you note in your health or signs in your mouth like swelling or sores.
- Don’t neglect your oral hygiene and brush your teeth preferably after every meal or at least twice a day. Floss at least once a day.
Oral Care For Patients with Eating Disorder: the lack of the adequate nutrients, vitamins, and minerals needed for the organism to work well, caused in consequence of eating disorders, can cause many damages to the oral health. In the case of bulimia, the frequent vomiting and the stomach acid can affect the teeth too.
- Rinse your mouth with baking soda to neutralize the stomach acid and to avoid the damage to the teeth.
- Visit your dentist regularly.
- Brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once.
Oral Care During Pregnancy: During pregnancy many hormonal changes take place, these changes can also affect the mouth health. A good oral care its primordial during pregnancy as it can have an important repercussion on the mother’s and baby’s general health.
- Visit your dentist regularly and tell him about your condition. Don’t miss your check-ups appointments and get a cleaning done if it is necessary.
- Try to avoid cravings that include foods or snacks with a high content of sugar.
- Keep a good hygiene and brush your teeth after every meal or twice a day and floss.
Oral Care For Cancer Patients: The radiation and chemotherapy treatments applied to the neck and head area, that are used to fight cancer, can affect the oral health.
- Keep the hygiene habits and brush your teeth gently after every meal with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Also, floss your teeth in a gentle way too. If you’re going to use mouth rinse avoid the ones that contain alcohol.
- Drink eight glasses of water per day or more to keep the mouth moist.
- Avoid sugary foods or snacks and also foods that can irritate the mouth, such as spicy dishes or acid food.