According to the American Diabetes Association, people with diabetes have an increased risk of experiencing a number of oral health problems. Diabetics tend to have varying blood sugar levels that may affect the bacteria in their mouths, and may also get dry mouth. This is why, during the holiday season, diabetics should cut back on the sweets and acidic drinks that could potentially damage their dental health.
Health experts from Harris Health System recently made recommendations for how diabetics can have a healthy holiday season.
"Eat right, exercise, take your medicines and check your blood sugar. But following this every day, all the time, is hard. Everyone knows the rules, but the practice is difficult because you have to do it year-round for every meal, including holidays," said Ashok Balasubramanyam, M.D., chief of Endocrinology for Harris Health.
Diabetics need to choose what sugary treats they want carefully in order to keep their teeth and blood sugar levels healthy. This is why if a diabetic person wants to have dessert, he or she may consider skipping the sweet potato casserole at the meal.
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