The Diabetes–Dental Health Connection

The Diabetes–Dental Health Connection

Posted by Unique Kids Pediatric Dentistry on Apr 5 2022, 01:06 PM

Tooth problems and gum diseases go hand-in-hand if you have diabetes. Your irregular diabetic levels can take a significant toll on your oral health.

People with diabetes tend to have more of a chaotic experience with oral disorders compared to those without diabetes. This is because they have less immunity against infection and can't heal properly.

Oral Health Complications Caused by Diabetes 

No matter if you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you must manage your blood sugar levels. The higher the blood sugar level, the more prone you will be to many oral disorders.

There are a bunch of red flags when it comes to diabetes. If it is left untreated, it can have effects on every part of the body, and at times you might not be aware of it. Here are some things that can happen to your mouth.

  • Dry mouth and less production of saliva
  • Lack of saliva production can cause cavities.
  • Inflammation and bleeding gums 
  • Bad breath
  • Your gums can become sensitive, mostly appearing red, weak, and have bleeding gums.
  • Food might not taste the same
  • Wounds might take longer to heal
  • Infections and soreness inside your mouth
  • Tooth loss
  • For younger children, teeth may fall out earlier than they are supposed to.

Diabetes Is a Disease That Has Many Risks

Many are not aware of the higher risks involved with elevated sugar levels. Here are what you need to look out for if you have untreated diabetes:

  • Dry mouth
  • Tooth Decay
  • Gum Inflammation(Gingivitis)
  • Advanced gum disorders like periodontitis
  • Low healing capacity
  • Fungal infections like thrush
  • Burning mouth or tongue because of lack of saliva
  • Conditions like lichen planus, which is an inflammatory, and  autoimmune skin conditions
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Taste disturbance

Healthy Dental Habits for Diabetes Patients

It's not too late to take responsibility for your health. Here are a few steps you can take yourself to make a change

  • Control your blood sugar levels by switching to a healthier diet and exercising
  • Make sure that your mouth is hydrated all the time. 
  • Avoid smoking
  • Make sure to keep a dental regime and switch to a soft bristle brush.
  • Do alert your dentist about your diabetes.
  • Visit your dentist once in a while.

If you are still keen to know more, visit us at Unique Kids Dentistry at 22118 Market Place Dr suite 500, New Caney, TX 77357, or book an appointment today by contacting our office at  (832) 930-7732.

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