If you have diabetes, your mouth is at risk of developing a handful of serious conditions. Our Kelowna dental centre sees a number of patients every year who have diabetes and have been able to keep their mouths healthy with some extra attention to avoid infections.
If your blood glucose levels aren’t being managed well, your saliva will decrease while your salivary sugar increases. The result? Fungal infections, dry mouth, ulcers, tooth decay, trouble wearing dentures and maybe even a loss of teeth.
Oral conditions you’re at risk of developing with poorly managed blood glucose levels:
When you have diabetes, your mouth is more likely to develop infections such as periodontal (gum) disease. This is an infection that can make it harder for you manage your blood glucose levels because of your mouth’s response to the periodontal bacteria. Gum disease, which damages the gum and bone tissue in your mouth, can make it hard to chew food and it can even lead to tooth loss.
Dry Mouth and Thrush
When there’s not enough saliva—which is needed to chew, speak and protect your teeth from cavities—you’ll get dry mouth. With not enough moisture, your mouth’s lining can get irritated. That feeling can make wearing dentures uncomfortable. Dry mouth, in combination with high glucose levels in saliva, can cause painful white patches in your mouth known as thrush.
When your teeth don’t get the circulation they need, you might suffer from painful toothaches that make chewing solid foods difficult. It’s important to keep your carbohydrates up, though, so try eating soft foods and drinks such as soup, cereals, fruit juice and milk.
Dental care tips for people with diabetes:
When your blood glucose levels are under control and you’re improving your oral care with some guidance, you’ll be able to prevent infections and protect your gums and teeth.
If you have diabetes, be sure to:
- Manage your blood glucose.
- Brush and floss three times a day.
- Visit your Kelowna dental clinic regularly for check-ups. It’s important to mention you have diabetes, and tell your dentist if your gums have been bleeding or sore, or if you notice any white patches or dry mouth.
Learn more about gum disease so you can better protect your teeth.
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