There is a link between diabetes and oral health. If you have uncontrolled diabetes it can boost your risk for oral health problems such as gum disease. But the link goes the other way as well. If you have gum disease, it may make it harder to keep blood sugar under control. So the diabetes and oral health link is a two-way street. The good news is that taking care of your oral health will help not only your teeth and gums, but perhaps help control your diabetes.
Other oral health problems associated with having diabetes are:
Slower healing time after dental surgery
Diabetes And Oral Health Risks Explained
Having diabetes can make you less able to fight off infection, including gum infections that can lead to gum disease. The early stages of gum disease is called gingivitis. The gums are red, swollen, soft, and may bleed, particularly during brushing or flossing. If gum disease progresses, however, the gums may begin to separate from the teeth, forming pockets that can trap bacteria and boost the risk of infections. Untreated, the infections can destroy the underlying bones that holds the teeth in place. Surgery may be needed.
If you have diabetes, you are also at risk for fungal infections in the mouth, called oral candidiasis or thrush. Denture wearers can also get oral fungal infections.
Dry mouth, called xerostomia, is another common problem among people with diabetes. Saliva is important to oral health. When you do not have enough saliva, bacteria thrive, tissues can get irritated and inflamed, and your teeth can become more prone to decay.
If you have diabetes and signs of inflamed, bleeding gums, dry mouth or signs of oral fungal infections please contact Maple Avenue Family Dentistry today at 401-237-4038.