Diabetes Dental Problems

Diabetes Dental ProblemsDiabetes can affect your whole body, including your teeth and gums. People who don’t properly control their type 2 diabetes, have a higher risk for severe periodontal diseases. Diabetics are vulnerable to many germs that live in their mouths. These germs can cause infections in their gums and in the bones that hold their gums. Dry mouth and burning mouth or tongue can also be related to diabetes. People with uncontrolled have many healing issues. Diabetics who smoke double their risk of getting thrush and periodontal diseases.

There are several indicators of mouth problems. If your gums are red and swollen or bleeding you should definitely visit your dentist. Bad breath and even a bite that feels different can be the start of a serious problem. You should always pay attention to the health of your teeth and gums and contact the dentist when anything unusual occurs.

You can prevent most problems with proper care and precautions. The most important factor is keeping your blood sugar as normal as possible. Brush your teeth periodically, especially after every meal or snack. This is not an easy task, but it can help. Use a soft toothbrush that doesn’t hurt your teeth. You should also floss at least once a day, which prevents plaque build-up on your teeth. False teeth also need cleaning and caring just like regular teeth. Ask your dentist how to properly brush and floss. He can recommend mouthwashes that destroy bacteria and toxics.

If you notice any problems like gums pulling off your teeth or sore tooth, contact your dentist immediately. You should visit your dentist at least twice a year, so that he can clean your teeth and check your gums. Let you dentist know about your diabetes. If he makes any suggestions about caring for your teeth, follow them. Don’t start smoking, if you already do – quit! Ask your doctor how to do that.

Before going to the dentist discuss with your doctor how to manage your blood sugar while doing dental work. You may need to take medicine or food to the dentist’s office. After treatment your mouth can feel sore and eating is not comfortable. Ask your doctor what kind of foods and drinks to have while you are healing or if any change in your diabetes medicines is needed.

There has been discussion about whether diabetes can increase the risk of cavities. Diabetics have higher sugar levels in their saliva, which can cause cavities. On the other hand, people with diabetes eat healthier and don’t consume as many sugars that build cavities. If you keep your blood sugar under control and take care of your teeth periodically, cavities shouldn’t be a problem. It is also possible that if your diabetes is uncontrolled and you don’t care for your teeth properly, that they will fall out sooner than normal.

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