Dental Problems Caused by High Blood Sugar
Diabetes is a common chronic condition that can increase your risk of certain dental problems. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can be characterized by swings in blood glucose levels. Unfortunately, this stresses your body. Extra blood glucose can cause long-term damage to your teeth and gums. Managing your blood glucose levels can keep both your body and your smile healthier.
Some dental problems associated with diabetes include:
Thrush is an oral yeast infection that is extremely common in diabetics, as high blood sugar levels create the ideal condition for yeast to flourish. Good dental habits can be among your best defense in preventing it. Yet, if you notice white or red spots, let us know so that we can ensure you get the treatment you need.
• Gum disease
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is caused by oral bacteria and diabetes can worsen it. Bleeding gums or gums that look like they are pulling back or shrinking away from the teeth are common symptoms of gum disease. Without treatment, gum disease can do serious and permanent damage to your teeth and gums.
• Dry mouth
High blood sugar levels can leave your mouth feeling dry. Unfortunately, the lack of saliva allows bacteria to build up more easily on your teeth and gums, which can contribute to a more acidic oral environment. Sugar-free gum can stimulate your saliva flow without affecting your blood glucose levels, but you may also need a prescription saliva replacement product.
Uncontrolled diabetes or poor dental habits can increase your need for Root canal, dental extractions or other major dental treatments. Call us today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our team.
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