It’s no secret that diabetes is a health condition that must be treated because of the problems it can cause throughout the body—including in your mouth. Consider that nearly 26 million children and adults in the U.S. who, according to the American Diabetes Association, have diabetes. Columbus dentist, Dr. Barry & Dr. Love want you to know the side effects diabetes can have on oral health.
When people with diabetes experience high glucose levels, those levels could also be helping bacteria thrive—causing major problems for their teeth. Some diabetics have chronic inflammation and infections in their mouths.
Because of the risk, it’s important that diabetics take extra special care of their teeth. People with diabetes have special oral care needs, so it’s vital that you share this information with your dentist.
Common dental conditions associated with diabetes are tooth decay, gum disease, saliva gland dysfunction, infection, delayed healing and more.
Everyone—especially those who have been diagnosed with diabetes, should:
Be extra vigilant about brushing and flossing regularly
Watch for signs or symptoms of oral disease and report them to your dentist
Visit Lifetime Dental Health regularly and tell them that you have diabetes
Keep your blood glucose as normal as possible
Some signs and symptoms include:
Gums that bleed easily
Pus between the teeth when the gums are pressed
Consistent bad breath
Consistent bad taste in the mouth
A bite that feels different
For more information, give us a call to make an appointment and visit this American Diabetes Association FAQ.