Diabetes & Oral Health – What You Need To Know
Diabetes & oral health are closely connected. Diabetes results in high blood sugar which can cause serious issues throughout your entire body, including your teeth and gums. That’s why it’s so important to manage your diabetes and blood sugar carefully. Learn more about oral health problems and diabetes below.
Oral Health Problems and Diabetes
Diabetes can contribute to a lot of oral health problems, including the following:
- Tooth decay (cavities) – High levels of blood sugar create an environment where oral bacteria can thrive. They eat sugar and excrete acid, which causes tooth decay.
- Gum disease (gingivitis & periodontitis) – Diabetes reduces your ability to fight back against oral bacteria. Combined with improper oral hygiene, this can lead to gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, or periodontitis, advanced gum disease that may lead to permanent tooth loss.
- Thrush – This is a fungal infection of the mouth, which is more likely to develop in people with diabetes.
- Dry mouth (xerostomia) – People with diabetes are more likely to have a dry mouth, which contributes to the risk of tooth decay, thrush, and gum disease.
Preventing Oral Health Issues Caused by Diabetes
There are a few simple steps you can take to keep your mouth healthy if you have diabetes.
- Work closely with your doctor and commit to managing your diabetes properly.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes to keep your teeth healthy.
- Floss once per day to remove stubborn food particles.
- Schedule regular dental visits, twice a year for x-rays, teeth cleanings, and oral exams with Dr. Evans in Boulder.
- Let Dr. Evans know that you’re diabetic so he and the team can manage your care properly.
- Look out for early signs of gum disease like redness and inflammation.
Need Help? Schedule an Appointment Today!
At the office of David L Evans DDS in Boulder, CO, we’re always here to help you get the help you need to maintain your oral health, even if you have diabetes. Schedule an appointment online or call 303-442-0990 today.