Diabetes-Related Teeth and Gum Issues to Be Aware Of

Diabetes-Related Teeth and Gum Issues to Be Aware Of

Posted by Cozy Cabin Dental on Apr 11 2022, 01:28 PM

Knowing that diabetes increases your risk for dental problems is a good start. High blood sugar affects the entire body, including the teeth and gums. With diabetes, you should be aware of any dental issues. Cozy Cabin Dental is here to answer all your worries.

Gum Disease and Diabetes-Related Teeth Issues

Gum Disease

Diabetes reduces the body's resistance to infection, increasing the risk of gingivitis, an inflammation caused by bacteria in the form of plaque. Plaque that stays on your teeth for too long irritates the gingiva. Gingivitis causes red, swollen, and bleeding gums. Contact your dentist as soon as you notice these symptoms so the issue can be addressed.

Untreated gingivitis can develop into periodontitis, an infection that affects the gums and bones that support your teeth. Other symptoms include bad breath and changes in the way your teeth fit together when bitten. Periodontitis causes gum and bone to pull away from teeth. This results in teeth loosening and falling out.

Diabetes can also reduce gum blood supply, increasing gum disease risk. Pre-diabetes dental problems increase this risk. 

Dryness

Diabetes causes thirst and dry mouth. Dry mouth causes tooth decay and gum disease. Less saliva is equal to more tartar on teeth. Mouth dryness causes cracked lips and difficulty in chewing, swallowing, or speaking. Your dentist may suggest a fluoride rinse for dry mouth. 

On the other hand, smoking, drinking, and spicy and salty foods all aggravate diabetic dry mouth. Keeping away from these foods will help.

Oral Care for Diabetics

Diabetes risks necessitate good dental hygiene. Dental care and diabetes care must be done concurrently to effectively combat gum disease and dry mouth. Start by following these rules:

1. Brush twice a day and floss once. This will help remove food particles that can cause tooth decay. Consider using an electric toothbrush for best results.

2. Eat a balanced diet. Sugary foods should be avoided to improve diabetes control and oral health.

3. Tell your dentist you have diabetes. This will ensure you get the best care for your specific needs.

4. Maintain a dental routine.

Cozy Cabin Dental provides specialized treatment for gum disease and other diabetes-related issues. Call us today at (801) 871-5820 to learn more about how to improve your dental health while managing your diabetes and appointment. We can be found at 3755 W 7800 S, West Jordan, UT 84088.

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