Diabetes can affect Oral Health
Diabetes can have a negative impact on your entire body, including the mouth. People with diabetes are at a high risk of periodontal diseases and oral health problems due to poorly controlled blood sugar levels. The less controlled the blood sugar, the higher the chances of oral health problems. This is because diabetes harms the white blood cells, which weakens the body’s defence against bacterial infections occurring in the mouth.
Let’s have a look at some common oral health problems among diabetes patients which often lead to a number of issues ranging from painful chewing to even tooth loss.
Besides impairing white blood cells, diabetes may cause your blood vessels to thicken which may affect the flow of nutrients to and the transmission of waste products from the mouth. As a result, your mouth may lose its capability to fight leading to bacterial infection.
Some warning signs of oral infection may include, swelling or secretion around your teeth or gums in any part of the mouth, moderate to acute pain in the mouth or sinus area, red or white patches in your tongue, gums, cheeks, or upper area of the mouth, pain when chewing, sensitivity while eating or drinking cold, hot, or sweet food, and dark spots or holes in your teeth.
Infections can make your blood sugar levels hard to control. However, it is important that you consult your dentist immediately as soon as you detect signs of infections.
Fungus results from high levels of sugar in the saliva of people with uncontrolled diabetes. However, it is important for diabetes patients to manage blood levels in the body to avoid the condition.
Dry mouth refers to the lack of moisture in the mouth which may be caused by either medications being taken for diabetes or high blood sugar. Since a dry mouth acts as a breeding ground for bacteria, it may lead to various oral health conditions, including cavities, infections, and ulcers.
If you have dry mouth, you should take more fluids to keep the saliva flowing and maintain the level of moisture in your mouth.
Whether you are experiencing any of the above problems or not, you should regularly visit your dentist for examination in order to avoid severe oral health problems.
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