Dental Concerns

General

1. Decreased salivary flow may put the patient at risk for dental caries, periodontal disease, and candidiasis.

D2. Patients with diabetes are at more risk for delayed wound healing and developing infections. Prophylactic antibiotics may be necessary if surgery or deep scaling is anticipated.

3. Bring patients in more frequently to assess healing processes.

4. Make sure that the patient is following his or her diet and medication regimen.

5. Determine if the patient is self-monitoring his or her drug's antidiabetic effect.

6. Even though this medication does not cause hypoglycemia it may be used with another antidiabetic medication that does. Therefore, monitor vital signs and assess for signs and symptoms of hypoglyce-mia. Keep a sugar or juice source avaliable if hypoglycemia occurs. Client/Family Teaching

1. Counsel the patient about the importance of good oral hygiene.

2. Avoid mouth rinses with alcohol because alcohol can exacerbate dry mouth.

3. Counsel the patient about the importance of avoiding injury with home oral care products.

Supplements For Diabetics

Supplements For Diabetics

All you need is a proper diet of fresh fruits and vegetables and get plenty of exercise and you'll be fine. Ever heard those words from your doctor? If that's all heshe recommends then you're missing out an important ingredient for health that he's not telling you. Fact is that you can adhere to the strictest diet, watch everything you eat and get the exercise of amarathon runner and still come down with diabetic complications. Diet, exercise and standard drug treatments simply aren't enough to help keep your diabetes under control.

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