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How Diabetes Can Change Your Oral Health

Posted on 10/20/2019 by VistaDental
How Diabetes Can Change Your Oral HealthIf you're part of the population that has diabetes, you're more likely to have oral health issues like cavities and gum disease. If you have diabetes and you're over 50, your risk is even higher.

That's because dental troubles and age go hand in hand, whether or not you have diabetes. The positive news is that dealing with your diabetes will go a long way toward preserving your teeth and gums. And that, in turn, will also benefit you taking care of your diabetes.

People with diabetes face a higher risk of:

Uncontrolled diabetes can influence the flow of your saliva. This results in dry mouth. Dry mouth can further lead to oral issues like discomfort, infections, and tooth decay. Since gum disease is a bacterial infection, the people who possess uncontrolled diabetes might encounter more frequent and more serious gum disease like gingivitis that appears as extremely inflamed gums. Diabetics experience slow healing of oral tissues. People with uncontrolled diabetes do not heal rapidly after oral surgery or other dental procedures because blood flow to the treatment site can be damaged.

Treating Periodontal Disease Could Decrease Insulin Requirements

The warning signs that diabetes is growing out of control are the following. Diabetic signs include constant hunger or thirst. Frequent urination and obscured vision with persistent fatigue. There can be weight loss with seeking it or impaired wound healing with slight cuts or scrapes. Dry mouth or itchy dry skin can display itself. During this, the oral signs are red and swollen gums that bleed often during brushing.

The gums can show signs of pulling away from the teeth. Milky white or yellowish plaque deposits, which usually are biggest when finding them between the teeth. Pus can come out between teeth and gums followed by being sore to the touch. Oral health as you can see, is greatly impaired by diabetes when it is out of control or poor oral care is happening. 

It is important if you are diabetic to constantly update your dentist and doctor of any of these signs. It is also important our dental staff stays in contact with your doctor. With a good oral health plan and working together with your doctor, antibiotics and oral routines can help you control your diabetes and oral health care. 

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