Diabetes and Your Oral Health

   Most of us are familiar with diabetes. In fact, there is a high population of people with diabetes today. As you may know, this disease affects your body’s ability to process sugar. But what is the link between diabetes and your oral health?

Oral Health Problems

   According to the American Dental Association, here are some problems for your mouth caused by Diabetes:

  • You may have less saliva, causing your mouth to feel dry. (Dry mouth is also caused by certain medications.)
  • Because saliva protects your teeth, you’re also at a higher risk of cavities.
  • Gums may become inflamed and bleed often (gingivitis).
  • You may have problems tasting food.
  • Delayed wound healing is a possible side effect.
  • You may be susceptible to infections inside of your mouth.
  • For children with diabetes, teeth may erupt at an age earlier than is typical.

The American Diabetes Association even states, “Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious gum disease, but serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.” As you can see, there is a big link between diabetes and your oral health. How can you help prevent oral health issues associated with Diabetes?

Maintain Good Habits

   First and foremost, you want to control your blood glucose levels. Brush at least twice a day and floss at least once per day. Make sure you are visiting the dentist every six months and ensure your dentist and hygienist is aware of your condition- they are prepared to care for your specific needs. Additionally, remove and clean dentures daily if you wear them or any other removable appliance. With such care, you can keep control of diabetes and your oral health.