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Diabetes and Its Relation to Oral Health

Posted on 5/23/2022 by Dr. Michael Han
Diabetes and Its Relation to Oral HealthIf you have uncontrolled diabetes, there is high sugar level in your blood and saliva. This means that you will have oral health problems because sugar is one of the things that contribute to that.

How Diabetes Affects Your Oral Health

The bacteria in your mouth break down the sugar and an acid is formed which wears down the enamel leading to tooth decay. Severe tooth decay causes infections and gum disease bearing in mind that you have lower infection resistance levels.

Diabetes also affects your oral health because you tend to have less saliva making your mouth dry. This causes ulcers, infections, soreness and tooth decay. You can also experience fungal infections like thrush due to the high sugar levels in saliva and dry mouth which act as a breeding ground for yeast.

Symptoms of These Problems

Check your mouth often if you have diabetes and visit the dentist for checkup. Some of the symptoms you may have are swollen and bleeding gums. Bleeding might happen when brushing or flossing. A dry mouth, a bad taste, soreness and white patches in the mouth.

Treatment of Oral Health Problems

If you have dry mouth, the dentist will give medication to hydrate it. For periodontitis, professional cleaning will be done but if it is severe you will need a gum surgery.

How to Avoid Oral Health Problems

Maintain the prescribed diet and take your medications to help control your sugar levels. Drink a lot of water to avoid having a dry mouth and to help increase production of saliva. Brush your teeth after meals and floss daily to get rid of plaque between your teeth. Visit a dentist regularly for cleaning and checkup. Quit smoking because it leads to diabetes complications like gingivitis. For more information on diabetes and oral health, visit our clinic or call us.


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