Understanding the Link Between Diabetes and Oral Health

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Having diabetes puts your elderly loved one at greater risk for gum disease. But what many caregivers may not know is, some serious forms of gum disease may also lead to the progression of diabetes according to the American Diabetes Association.

If your loved one has diabetes, he or she has an increased risk for gum disease, like gingivitis and periodontitis. Having diabetes causes a person to be more susceptible to bacterial infection and also a decreased ability to fight that bacteria.

This relationship between diabetes and gum disease is all the more reason why taking care of your elderly loved one’s oral health is vitally important.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a metabolic disease that causes an inability to produce any or enough insulin in a person’s body causing elevated levels of glucose in the blood.

What is gum disease?

Periodontal or gum disease can range from inflammation to tooth loss. According to the National Institute of Dental Craniofacial Research, 17.20% of seniors age 65 and over have periodontal disease.

Some risk factors for gum disease include:

●       Diabetes

●       Smoking

●       Some illnesses and treatments

●       Medication

●       Genetics

Symptoms of gum disease may include:

●       Loose or sensitive teeth

●       Receding gums or teeth that appear to be longer

●       Bad breath that does not go away

●       Swollen or red gums

●       Bleeding or tender gums

●       Painful chewing

What you need to know about oral health and blood sugar

What is necessary for good oral health in your loved one involves taking care of his or her teeth, mouth and gums. Doing so will help your loved one control his or her blood sugar, enabling the body to fight infections.  Additional facts about blood sugar and good oral health include:

●      Persons with diabetes are twice as likely to develop gum disease.

●      Infected gums make it harder to control blood sugar.

●      Infections can cause gums to bleed, feel swollen and lead to tooth loss.

●      Preventing the progression of gum disease will help control your loved one’s blood sugar.

Tips for healthy gums

●       Brush teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste

●       Floss regularly

●       Get routine dental checkups

●       Don’t smoke

Controlling the infection is the goal when being treated for gum disease. Treatments vary, but they all require that your loved one maintain good oral health at home. Always consult your loved one’s doctor or healthcare professional if you suspect that he or she has or is at risk of gum disease, especially if he or she has already been diagnosed with diabetes.

Need some help?

Your loved one’s home care provider is there to assist your loved one as much as possible. This includes assisting with daily tasks that have become increasingly more difficult as your loved one ages or respite services. Utilize your home care provider as much as you can. Doing so will make providing elder care to your loved one all the more better.

If you or an aging loved one are in need of elder care services in Plainview, NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!

Sources

Seniors Oral Health

National Institute of Dental Craniofacial Research

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Stephen Sternbach

Chief Executive Officer at Star Multi Care Services
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York.

From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.

1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.

In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.

Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.
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About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.