Diabetes and Dentistry - What impact can diabetes have on the mouth, and what should my oral care include if I am diabetic?

Diabetes and Dentistry - What impact can diabetes have on the mouth, and what should my oral care include if I am diabetic?

Posted by COMPLETE DENTAL HEALTH on May 7 2021, 06:27 AM

Diabetes and Dentistry - What impact can diabetes have on the mouth, and what should my oral care include if I am diabetic?

Diabetes is a common disease among Americans; as per the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2020, an estimated 34.2 million people have diabetes. With millions of people being diagnosed with diabetes, many do not know the effects it may have on one’s oral health. 

The initial symptoms of diabetes usually occur in the mouth. Therefore, paying proper attention to oral health can help identify these symptoms that help treat diabetics at the earliest.

Most Common Dental Problems Linked with Diabetes & How to Take Care of Them.

Gingivitis: Gingivitis, or gum inflammation, occurs due to the accumulation of plaque or bacteria on the teeth. Gingivitis can be managed by brushing and flossing your teeth daily and attending regular cleanings at the dentist. 

Periodontitis: Periodontitis, a severe gum infection that damages the soft tissue, can lead to tooth loss and other serious health complications. Symptoms of periodontitis include red or bleeding gums, long-lasting gum infection, severe bad breath, loose permanent teeth, changes in the bite, pus between the teeth, and gums, changes in the fit of dental restorations, etc. The treatment of periodontitis includes deep cleaning procedures like scaling and planing, medications, or oral surgery if the condition is critical. 

Thrush: Thrush occurs as a result of the overgrowth of a type of fungus called candida. The symptoms of thrush are white patches in the mouth, loss of taste, redness inside the mouth and throat, cracks at the mouth corners, burning sensation in the mouth, etc. Thrush can be prevented by maintaining good dental hygiene, rinsing the mouth after eating, use of mouthwash, keeping dentures clean, and regularly visiting a dentist. 

Dry mouth: Individuals suffering from a dry mouth do not have enough saliva to keep their mouth wet. A dry mouth can also lead to a dry feeling in the mouth, rough tongue, cracked lips, mouth sores or infection, problems eating, chewing, swallowing, etc. The condition can be managed by taking prescribed medicines to keep the mouth wet, rinsing the mouth with a fluoride mouth rinse, using sugarless gum to enhance saliva flow, and sipping water frequently. The use of tobacco, alcoholic beverages, spicy or salty foods should also be reduced/stopped. 

How to prevent oral health problems if you have diabetics?

As diabetic people are more prone to oral diseases, it’s essential to follow best oral hygiene practices and pay special attention to note any changes in oral health.

  • Try to maintain your blood sugar as close to normal as possible. At each dental visit, inform your dentist of the status of your diabetes. 
  • If you plan to undergo any complex oral treatments, ask your doctor to talk to your dentist about your overall health condition and the medicines taken. 
  • Postpone non-emergency dental treatments if your blood sugar level is not in control. 
  • For diabetic patients, healing can take more time than usual. After dental procedures, follow your dentist’s instructions closely.

Call Complete Dental Health LLC, Albany at (541) 928-6622  or schedule an appointment online to consult our dentist.

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