How does diabetes affect oral health?

April 6, 2018

Today the number of cases of diabetes is growing exponentially due to our sedentary habits. If you suffer from diabetes, you should know exactly what the main situations are that can appear in your oral health. As a dental clinic, we want to give you enough information to avoid this type of problem.

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The consequences of diabetes on our oral health

Insufficient insulin, a substance that balances the level of glucose in the blood, can damage our health. It alters our immune system, ensuring the proliferation of bacteria. Therefore, parts like our mouth can be affected by this chronic disease. If we add other factors, such as old age and unhealthy habits such as being a smoker, the possibilities can be increased.

In these situations, the high level of sugar and glucose is transferred to the saliva. The permanent contact of this substance with our teeth and our gums creates an imbalance favouring the appearance of dental bacterial plaque in our mouth.

How does diabetes affect oral health?

Peridontal diseases, carious diseases or symptoms such as dry mouth, slow healing of wounds, inflammations, etc. will appear.

On the one hand, caries is the most common disease among the population. So, if we add diabetes, the situation gets worse. By not controlling the level of glucose in saliva, the probability of proliferation in the tooth enamel increases, producing caries more easily. At this point, it can lead to the weakening of the tooth, or in the worst case, to its falling out. Click here to find out how you can prevent caries.

The prone development of these oral diseases can allow the insertion of all kinds of infections through the fissures. As a result, these bacteria can expose the health of diabetics even further, further complicating the situation.

You should be aware that these kinds of symptoms in your oral health can be a sign of diabetes.

How can you prevent diabetes-related dental problems?

The most important thing is to monitor your blood sugar level to prevent future problems. That is why we recommend it:

  • Visit your dentist at least twice a year or whenever you notice a problem.
  • Maintain good oral hygiene.
  • If you smoke or drink alcohol, you should stop immediately, as these habits aggravate periodontal disease.

The existence of any disease such as diabetes, can easily affect your mouth. For this reason, at Alvarado Dental Clinic, we recommend that you monitor your health in general, carrying out blood or urine tests, to prevent this type of difficulty. In the event of any problem, please contact us, without any obligation.

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