Diabetes and your teeth may not seemed to be linked……….but they are. Having uncontrolled diabetes can boost your risk for oral health problems such as gum disease. The link also goes the other way, experts believe if you have gum disease, it may make it harder to keep blood sugar under control. The good news: taking care of your oral health will not only help your teeth and gums, but your diabetes as well.
Other oral health problems associated with having diabetes are:
—-Slower healing time after dental surgery
Diabetes and Oral Health Risks Explained:
Having diabetes can make you less able to fight off infection, including gum infections that can lead to gum disease. In the early stages, gum disease is known as gingivitis. The gums are swollen, soft, and may bleed, particularly during brushing or flossing.
If gum disease progresses, the gums may begin to separate from the teeth, forming pockets that can trap bacteria and boost the risk of infections. Untreated, the infections can destroy the underlying bone that holds your teeth in place.
If you have diabetes you are also at risk for fungal infections in the mouth, called oral candidiasis or thrush. This is true even if you wear dentures.
Dry mouth, called xerostomia, is another common problem among people with diabetes. Saliva is important to oral health–it helps wash away food particles and keep your mouth moist. When you don’t have enough saliva, bacteria will thrive, tissues can get irritated and inflamed, and your teeth can be more prone to decay.
Diabetes and Your Teeth: How To Minimize Risk
Taking care of your oral hygiene at home every day is crucial. Making sure you brush and floss twice a day. Examine your mouth for inflammation or signs of bleeding gums. Dr.Shlafer will customize a hygiene recall schedule to meet your specific needs. Be sure to let us know if you have been diagnosed with diabetes, or if you have added any new prescriptions or over-the-counter medications. In order for us to best care for you, it is important to keep us updated and maintain your regular visits.