Diabetes can cause serious problems in your mouth
Diabetes can cause serious problems in your mouth.
You can do something about it.
NIDCR - National institute of Denal and Crniofacial Research
If you have diabetes, make sure you take care of your mouth.
People with diabetes are at risk for mouth infections,
especially periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal
disease can damage the gum and bone that hold your teeth
in place and may lead to painful chewing problems. Some people
with serious gum disease lose their teeth. Periodontal disease
may also make it hard to control your blood glucose (blood sugar).
Other problems diabetes can cause are dry mouth and a fungal
infection called thrush. Dry mouth happens when you do not have
enough saliva the fluid that keeps your mouth wet. Diabetes may
also cause the glucose level in your saliva to increase. Together,
these problems may lead to thrush, which causes painful
white patches in your mouth. You can keep your teeth and gums
healthy. By controlling your blood glucose, brushing and flossing
every day, and visiting a dentist regularly, you can help prevent
periodontal disease. If your diabetes is not under control,
you are more likely to develop problems in your mouth.
Take steps to keep your mouth healthy. Call your dentist when
you notice a problem.
If you have diabetes, follow these steps:
Control your blood glucose.
Brush and floss every day.
Visit your dentist regularly. Be sure to tell your dentist that
you have diabetes. Tell your dentist if your dentures (false teeth)
do not fit right, or if your gums are sore. Quit smoking. Smoking
makes gum disease worse. Your physician or dentist can help you quit.
Take time to check your mouth regularly for any problems.
Sometimes people notice that their gums bleed when they brush and
floss. Others notice dryness, soreness, white patches,
or a bad taste in the mouth. All of these are reasons to visit
your dentist. Remember, good blood glucose control can help prevent