Diabetes can affect your oral health

November 16, 2018 by Dr. Andrew Smyth  •  Original Post

Did you know that diabetes could cause changes in your oral health with symptoms especially affecting the gums but also involving taste, saliva and breath? November is National Diabetes Month, a good time to take a look at its oral symptoms.

If you have diabetes, and more than 29 million Americans do with some 86 million on the verge of the disease according to the National Institutes of Health, you are at greater risk of developing some oral health problems.

According to the American Dental Association's consumer website MouthHealthy.org, the most common oral health problems associated with diabetes are:

  • Gum disease. Recent research suggests that the connection between gum disease and diabetes goes both ways. On the one hand, because of lowered resistance and a longer healing process, gum disease appears to be more frequent and more severe among those with diabetes. Conversely, it appears that treating gum disease in people with diabetes can help improve blood sugar control.
  • Fungal infections. Since diabetes compromises your immune system, you may be prone to developing fungal infections. Symptoms include painful sores and difficulty swallowing. If you develop a fungal infection see your dentist.
  • Infection and delayed healing. If you are having extensive oral surgery, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics to minimize the risk of infection. To help the healing process, keep your blood glucose levels under control before, during and after surgery.
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