Diabetes is known to cause many different health problems, such as kidney damage, heart disease and stroke. While most people are already aware of those effects, many are unaware of the different dental problems this disease can bring. If you’re living with diabetes then take a quick moment to study the list below and inform yourself about the different teeth and gum problems that may arise from this disease.
Gum Disease – Since diabetes can reduce blood supply to the gums, it can increase your chances of getting either type gum disease, gingivitis or periodontitis. Poor oral health (especially if it’s before you’re diagnosed with diabetes) can amplify your chances of getting gum disease.
Dry Mouth – One of the chief symptoms for diabetes is dry mouth, or a constant feeling of being thirsty. This happens because diabetes reduces saliva production, making your teeth more vulnerable to decay. Saliva helps wash away plaque and tartar from your teeth. So, the less saliva you have, the more tartar and plaque will be left in your mouth.
Periodontal Disease – Periodontal diseases are infections which effect the gums and the bone that holds the teeth in place. In advanced stages, they lead to painful chewing problems and even tooth loss. As with any infection (like gum disease), it becomes more difficult to keep your blood sugar under control.
Diabetes patients need to know that your mouth is not immune to this disease. Some clear signs of poor oral health include a fruit-like odor coming from the mouth, inflamed gums, receding gums, bleeding gums, and painful chewing. As you can see, good dental care is a must for anyone suffering with diabetes. Manage your diet, brush your teeth at least twice per day, inform your dentist that you have diabetes, and be sure to schedule regular dental visits so you can spot and fix any potential issues before they get out of hand.