Oral Health & Diabetes
Most people do not realize that certain ailments, like diabetes, can affect your oral health. Every year around 1.7 million new cases of diabetes occur in the United States. In addition, around 8.1 million people have diabetes and are not even aware of this. For those who are undiagnosed, your oral health can be a great indicator as to whether you do have diabetes or not.
Signs of Diabetes via your Mouth
For those who oral issues, they may find that these symptoms can point to diabetes being the main cause of this. These signs include:
• Less saliva, causing you to feel as though you have dry mouth
• You develop more cavities than normal people due to less saliva in the mouth
• The gums may be inflamed and bleed often
• You have issues with tasting food
• You develop infections in your mouth
• For kids, teeth often erupt earlier in the mouth than an average child
Gum Disease and Diabetes
Those who do have diabetes are at a much higher chance of developing gum disease. This is because the gums are inflamed and this can cause many teeth to rot or to develop even more issues. This is often referred to as periodontal disease. Of those who have diabetes, 22% of those with diabetes do develop periodontal disease. The good news is that your dentist can be one way to control or even prevent diabetes. How? By:
1. Treating gum disease can actually improve your blood sugar.
2. Regular cleanings of the teeth can affect your blood sugar levels, lowering these to a more normal range.
3. Brushing daily at least twice and flossing can help in prevention of diabetes.
For those who believe they could be diabetic or for those who are confirmed to be diabetic, it is important to visit your dentist regularly. Your dentist can play an integral part in helping to deal with this disease, and ensuring that your teeth do not suffer due to having diabetes. In conjunction with your doctor, this outline can ensure that diabetes does not control your life and do not affect your overall health.