It’s no secret that diabetes is a serious health condition that must be treated because of the problems it can cause throughout the body; including in your mouth. Given that nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, which makes it likely that you may know someone with the condition, or you may have it yourself. Walla Walla dentist, Dr. Dan Laizure, wants you to know the side effects diabetes can have on your oral health.
When people with diabetes experience high glucose levels, those levels could also be helping bacteria thrive, causing major problems for their teeth. Some diabetics experience chronic inflammation and infections in their mouths. Because of the risk, it’s important that diabetics take extra special care of their teeth. People with diabetes have special oral are needs, so it’s vital that you share this information with your dentist.
Common dental conditions associated with diabetes are tooth decay, gum disease, saliva gland dysfunction, infection, delayed healing and more.
Everyone—especially those who have been diagnosed with diabetes, should:
- Be extra vigilant about brushing and flossing regularly - Visit Walla Walla Dental Care regularly and tell our team members that you have diabetes - Watch for signs or symptoms of oral disease and report them to the dentist - Keep your blood glucose as normal as possible
Some signs and symptoms include:
- Tender gums - Gums that bleed easily - Swollen gums - A bite that feels different than normal - Thrush - Slow healing of cuts or scrapes in your mouth - Puss between the teeth when the gums are pressed - Consistent bad breath - Consistent bad taste in the mouth - Dry mouth
For more information about the special oral care needs of diabetics, give us a call to make an appointment today at 509-525-4833.