Diabetes and Oral Health

Dental Health and Diabetes: What You Should Know to Avoid Complications

Maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile starts with good oral hygiene.  But for 26 million people with diabetes, brushing and flossing every day has far greater implications than a dazzling set of pearly whites.

That’s because research suggests that people with diabetes are two times more likely to develop serious gum disease—an infection of the gum and bone that hold the teeth in place. Periodontal disease can lead to painful chewing difficulties and even tooth loss.  The correlation between the two conditions is thought to be partly due to the fact that diabetes makes the body more susceptible to bacterial infections, making it harder for diabetics to fight germs that invade the gums. 

If you have diabetes, it is important that you visit your [location] dentist immediately if you notice any of the following signs of gum disease:

  • gums that bleed easily;
  • red, swollen, or tender gums;
  • gums that have pulled away from the teeth;
  • persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth;
  • permanent teeth that are loose or moving away from each other;
  • changes in the way teeth fit when you bite;
  • changes in the fit of partial dentures or bridges

Keeping Dental Problems at Bay

Fortunately, there are ways to prevent oral health problems associated with diabetes.  Keeping your glucose level under control, brushing and flossing every day, and visiting your [location] dentist regularly for routine check-ups is the best defense. 

If you have diabetes, make sure your dentist is aware of your condition. Your dentist is equipped to care for the needs of diabetic patients and should be informed whenever you notice any changes in your condition or the health of your mouth.