November is Diabetes Awareness Month. This is an ideal time to remind dental hygienists across Canada of the important relationship between diabetes and oral health.
According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, more than 11.7 million people in Canada have diabetes or pre-diabetes. These individuals are particularly susceptible to oral health problems such as dry mouth (causing pain, ulcers and tooth decay) and gum disease (periodontitis). Research also suggests that periodontal disease, like all infections, can raise blood sugar levels and make diabetes harder to control. Of the Canadian Dental Hygienist Association (CDHA) “It is very important for people with diabetes to see their dental hygienist regularly for professional oral care and to practice good oral hygiene at home,” explains Anne Casey, president of the company. I’m here.
To that end, the CDHA has created an oral health care tip sheet available in English and French for people with diabetes (www.dentalhygienecanada.ca/diabetes). It provides simple instructions for daily oral care and healthy living, as well as guidance on when to schedule dental hygienist appointments and what information to share. said like this. The goals of home and professional oral care are to reduce inflammation in the mouth so that people with diabetes can enjoy optimal oral health, better regulate blood sugar levels, and reduce the potentially life-threatening consequences of this serious disease. to reduce the risk of complications. .
CDHA is the national voice of over 30,000 dental hygienists in Canada, directly representing 21,000 individual members, including students. Since 1963, CDHA has worked to advance the profession and promote the importance of oral health. The dental hygienist is Canada’s sixth-largest regulated health-care profession, with professionals working in a variety of settings, including independent dental hygienist practices, providing people of all ages with access to oral health. I am working on a related issue.Click here to learn more about oral health Dentalhygienecanada.ca.