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Diabetes and Your Oral Health

Diabetes and Your Oral Health

Diabetes and Your Oral Health

  Gum disease (also called periodontal disease) is when the tissue that hold your teeth in place become irritated and inflamed. If the disease is severe, it can destroy tissue and bone. This can lead to tooth loss. Gum disease is often more frequent and more severe in older adults with diabetes, especially if they smoke.

  People with diabetes who have poor blood sugar control are more likely to lose teeth than those who have good control. Research says that treating gum disease may help improve blood sugar control. To help prevent gum disease, eat a well-balanced diet, practice good oral hygiene at home and see your dentist regularly for checkups.

  Thrush is a fungal infection that happens more often in people with diabetes. Some symptoms are white or red patches in your mouth that could be sore or turn into open sores. Thrush may also appear as a painful, burning sensation that affects your tongue, and dull your sense of taste.

  If you have diabetes, it may take your body longer to heal after dental work. This includes having a tooth pulled or any other oral surgery. It is important to maintain your blood sugar level to help the injury heal as quickly as possible. Be sure your dentist knows that you have diabetes when planning your treatment.

  Getting regular dental exams, professional teeth cleanings and gum disease screenings are important. They can help your dentist spot and treat dental problems early and help manage the effects of diabetes on your oral health.

Concerned and need a consultation? Visit Magnolia Smiles Dentistal in Magnolia, TX!

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