It’s no secret that diabetes is a health condition that must be treated because of the problems it can cause throughout the body—including in your mouth. There is a proven link between diabetes and oral health problems.
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month—a time to consider the nearly 26 million children and adults in the U.S. who according to the American Diabetes Association, have diabetes. St. Louis area dentist Dr. Kevin Postol wants to take some time to consider the effects diabetes can have on oral health.
When people with diabetes experience high glucose levels, those levels could also be helping bacteria thrive—causing major problems for their teeth. Some diabetics have chronic inflammation and infections in their mouths.
Because of the risk, it’s important that diabetics take extra special care of their teeth. People with diabetes have special oral are needs, so it’s vital that you share this information with your dentist.
Common dental conditions associated with diabetes are tooth decay, gum disease, saliva gland dysfunction, infection, delayed healing and more.
Everyone—especially those who have been diagnosed with diabetes, should:
- Be extra vigilant about brushing and flossing regularly
- Watch for signs or symptoms of oral disease and report them to your dentist
- Visit a dentist regularly and tell them that you have diabetes
- Keep your blood glucose as normal as possible
Some signs and symptoms include:
- Tender gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Swollen gums
- Puss between the teeth when the gums are pressed
- Consistent bad breath
- Consistent bad taste in the mouth
- A bite that feels different
- Poor healing
- Dry mouth
For more information, give us a call to make an appointment and visit this American Diabetes Association FAQ: