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Taking Control: Diabetes and Dental Health

Holly Klock - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 


Diabetes affects more than 20 million Americans in the U.S. The disease affects your body’s ability to process sugar. Most people are aware that diabetes can harm the kidneys, heart, eyes, and other important organs in the body. However, were you aware that this disease can also cause problems with your oral health? Without the proper care of their teeth and gums, you can be more susceptible to bacterial infection. Read below to learn some of the common symptoms of diabetes and how to manage your dental health with this condition.

Symptoms of Diabetes

The details of the cause of diabetes and how it occurs is not always clear. However, research shows that it’s usually a cause of genetics, environmental, and lifestyle factors. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, visit your physician at the earliest convenience.

  • Urinating often
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Feeling very hungry - even though you are eating
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Weight loss - even though you are eating more
  • Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet

 

Maintaining Dental Health

People diagnosed with diabetes are at risk of dry mouth, thrush, gum disease, gingivitis, and other mouth infections. If your diabetes is left untreated, it can take a toll on your mouth.

  • You may have less saliva, causing your mouth to feel dry
  • Higher risk of cavities
  • Gums may become inflamed and bleed often
  • You may have problems tasting food
  • You may be susceptible to infections inside of your mouth
  • For children with diabetes, teeth may erupt at an earlier age than usual

If your diabetes is not under control, you are more likely to experience problematic developments in your mouth. The good news is you can read below to learn more about how to keep your teeth and gums healthy!

  • Control your blood sugar by eating healthier choices
  • Brush twice a day with a soft brush and floss correctly
  • Visit your dentist at least 3 times a year

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