Did you know almost 30 million people in the United States alone have diabetes? Thats almost 10% of the population. It affects a range of health aspects for people suffering from this condition, one of which being their dental health. Since diabetes raises a persons blood sugar, the implications of this can take a negative toll on multiple parts of the body – and this includes the teeth & the gums as well. If you are living with it, here are a few things you will need to watch out for, and have your dentist keep a look out for!
Many people with diabetes experience dry mouth and a perpetual feeling of being thirsty. Diabetes can significantly reduce the mouths production of saliva – which is vital because saliva is what keeps the mouth moist and washes plaque off of the teeth. Without saliva, your teeth become more susceptible to tooth decay because of the plaque prevalent. You can combat a dry mouth with chewing gum (look for sugar-free to protect against cavities) and by bringing enough water with you wherever you go to stay hydrated.
Gingivitis can also be caused by diabetes. It can actually restrict blood flow to the teeth and to the gums, making the persons mouth more susceptible to gum disease. By making sure you are brushing and flossing regularly, you can help fight against the plaque build up and blood flow restriction this condition causes.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, make sure to have a conversation with your dentist about all that you will need to maintain your oral health with this condition. Do you have questions regarding dental problems in conjunction with diabetes? Give us a call at (602) 795-5995 to speak to one of our experts!