Did you know that people with diabetes who have irregular blood glucose levels are at a higher risk of dental issues?
This is caused by the lowered resistance to infection and the body’s inability to heal as quickly.
If you are living with diabetes, you need to pay particular attention to your oral health and dental care. You need to visit your dentist regularly for advice about how to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
4 Signs You May Have a Problem
Diabetes puts you at risk for dental problems. It impairs the ability to fight bacteria in your mouth. Having high blood sugar encourages bacteria to grow and contributes to gum disease. You may have gum disease if you have:
• Gums that are red, sore, bleeding or swollen or that pull away from your teeth
• Loose teeth
• Chronic bad breath
• An irregular bite or dentures that don’t fit well
Control Diabetes to Keep Your Smile
Well-controlled diabetes contributes to a healthy mouth. If you have poorly controlled or high blood sugar, your risk increases for dry mouth, gum disease, tooth loss, and fungal infections like thrush. Since infections can also make blood sugar rise, your diabetes may become even harder to control. Keeping your mouth healthy can help you manage your blood sugar.