Diabetes and its effect on oral health

Diabetes and its effect on oral health

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  • Posted: 14 My 2019

If you or someone you love is one of the more than 15 million Americans affected by diabetes, you may want to observe the American Diabetes Month in November for a double check and protect your oral health.


Oral health problems can be more serious when you have diabetes, including tooth decay; gum disease; infection and delay in healing; dysfunction of the salivary gland; fungal infections; disability of the sense of taste; and more.


High levels of glucose in your saliva can help stimulate bacteria, so be sure to brush and floss regularly. Once the plaque has accumulated on your teeth and the gum line, it can cause chronic inflammation and an infection in your mouth, so you need to have regular cleanings and checkups.


Visit your dentist if you notice that your gums bleed easily, are inflamed, sensitive or red, get out of your teeth; if there is pus between your teeth and gums or if you constantly have bad breath or bad taste in your mouth; if you have permanent teeth that are loose or separated or if there is a change in your bite or the way your teeth fit.


Patients with diabetes are also susceptible to fungal infections in the mouth because they may have a reduction in salivary flow and an increase in glucose levels in saliva. If you smoke, have high blood glucose levels or take antibiotics, you are more prone to fungal infections. Notify your dentist if you have red or white patches in your mouth or on your tongue that are irritated or ulcerated. Fungal infections can also cause a burning sensation in the mouth or difficulty swallowing or tasting.


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