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How does diabetes increase risk of oral health problems?

Posted on 7/18/2022 by Pacific Maxillofacial Center
How does diabetes increase risk of oral health problems?Diabetes is a condition that affects your blood glucose levels. When your blood glucose levels are not properly controlled, your body becomes unable to fight off bacteria. As a result, people suffering from diabetes are at a higher risk of developing problems such as oral thrush, gingivitis, periodontitis, and dry mouth. Our specialists describe the effects diabetes has on your oral health and how to control them.

Diabetes and gum disease

Diabetes lowers your body's ability to fight bacteria that invade your mouth and gums. Accumulation of these bacteria in your gums leads to gingivitis. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. Failure to treat gingivitis leads to the development of periodontitis which is a serious gum disease.
We have already established that diabetes increases your risk of developing gingivitis. The vice versa is true whereby having gingivitis may lead to development of diabetes. This is because gingivitis affects your blood glucose levels causing it to rise thus contributing to the development of diabetes and making controlling the disease harder.

Diabetes and dry mouth

Diabetes can also lead to the development of a dry mouth, a condition that caused the production rate of saliva in your mouth to reduce. Decreased flow of saliva causes bacteria, acids, and food debris to accumulate in the mouth leading to tooth decay and bad breath.

How to prevent dental problems associated with diabetes

Our specialists recommend controlling your blood sugar as one of the most effective ways to prevent developing oral diseases when you have diabetes. You should also practice healthy oral habits such as regular cleaning and flossing of your teeth.

Our practice is well equipped to meet your needs when you have conditions such as diabetes. Schedule a meeting with us for proper dental care that will shield you from the oral side effects of diabetes.

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