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What Is The Connection Between Diabetes And Oral Health?

Posted on 10/25/2021 by Nancy Shiba DDS
What Is The Connection Between Diabetes And Oral Health?People suffering from diabetes can harm the nerves, heart, eyes, and other vital organs of their bodies. Also, if you are suffering from diabetes there is a high likelihood you may also ail from problems in your mouth such as gum disease. The disease is painful and makes you have bad breath which is hard to go away. If gum disease infection continues you may lose your tooth or find it difficult to chew your food. If you have diabetes, you may also suffer from salivary gland dysfunction and infection. Always ensure you maintain primal oral health if you suffer from diabetes.

Tooth Decay

Diabetic patients are more likely to suffer from tooth decay because of the increased level of bacteria present in their saliva. Diabetes lowers your infection resistance and diseases develop easily. You should brush your teeth frequently and not less than two times a day. Brushing your teeth removes plaque in your teeth. You should use an antibacterial mouthwash and fluoride toothpaste to beat the likelihood of tooth decay occurring in your mouth.

Dry Mouth

Another connection between oral health and diabetes is diabetic patients usually suffer from dry mouth. Having a dry mouth increases your risk of acquiring periodontal disease or tooth decay. When you have a dry mouth, it is imperative to find saliva substitutes or a fluoride treatment to avoid getting cavities. These alternatives may include sugarless gum and drinking a lot of water may help reduce dryness in your mouth.

Oral Candidiasis

Oral candidiasis also affects people suffering from diabetes. It is a fungal infection that occurs in the mouth. It affects also those wearing dentures. If you have diabetes and smoke, you increase the chances of you contracting fungal infections in your mouth. You should ensure you maintain high dental hygiene to minimize the chances of getting oral ailments. For further information about the connection between diabetes and oral health, contact our offices today!

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