High Blood Sugar and Dental Problems
Diabetes can affect every major system in your body, including your dental health. The excess blood glucose that can occur in those with diabetes can lead to long-term dental problems, especially if the diabetes is not kept under control. If you are a diabetic, you may need to take special steps to protect your dental health.
Dental Problems Associated with Diabetes
1. Thrush – Thrush is an oral yeast infection that occurs as a result of high blood glucose levels, which create conditions ideal for yeast overgrowth. It can be extremely uncomfortable and will generally require treatment with an oral antifungal treatment. Good dental hygiene habits that include brushing, flossing and using mouthwash twice a day can help keep your mouth healthy and free of thrush.
2. Gum disease – Red and swollen gums are one of the best-known symptoms of gum disease. This common infection begins when plaque and tartar form on teeth and irritate the sensitive gum tissue. The gums often bleed when you brush or floss, and if they are not treated, you could end up losing your teeth. Diabetics are more likely to suffer from gum disease and are more vulnerable to complications as a result. Good dental hygiene can be your best defense here, too, along with regular dental checkups and cleanings.
3. Dry mouth – Diabetics are more likely to have dry mouth as a result of excess blood glucose. Dry mouth can increase the risk of tooth decay, tartar formation, gum disease, and other dental issues. Chew sugar-free gum to keep your mouth moist and comfortable, and sip water throughout the day. Saliva replacement products can also be helpful.
Call us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our dentist, Dr. Lozada.
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