People who have diabetes know that the disease can harm some major organs in the body, as well as other important systems in the body. Did you know diabetes can also cause oral health complications? A person with diabetes is at high risk for periodontal disease, which is an infection of the gum and bone that holds the teeth in place. Periodontal disease can lead to difficulties of chewing and even tooth loss if untreated. The level of blood sugar should be controlled to help maintain a healthy oral care. People with diabetes have compromised immune systems and may be prone to developing fungal infections. Dry mouth can also cause soreness, ulcers, infections, and tooth decay. Infections can be taken care of with medications given by your dentist.
To help maintain a healthy mouth and prevent periodontal disease is by controlling the level of glucose and regular dental check-ups. Daily brushing (at least twice a day for two minutes), flossing, regular dental check-ups and good blood glucose control are the best defense against the oral complications of diabetes. Visit your dentist and mention you have diabetes if you notice that your gums bleed when you brush and floss, notice dryness, soreness, white patches, or a bad taste in the mouth. Remember, good blood glucose control can help prevent oral health complications.