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Impacts of Diabetes on Dental Health

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What are some common oral health problems due to diabetes?

  • When blood glucose levels are poorly controlled, the risk of gum disease and tooth loss increase.
  • Higher levels of glucose in salvia promote the growth of plaque, which is the major cause of gum disease.
  • Higher blood glucose levels reduce the body’s ability to fight infections , making a person with diabetes more prone to bacterial, viral or fungal infections in the mouth.
  • Dry mouth (Xerostomia)   - some medications can make the mouth very dry. Moisturizing products available in a pharmacy may help to alleviate symptoms.

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What steps do diabetics need to take to ensure they keep their mouth and teeth healthy?

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What do I need to tell my dental professional?

  • Tell your dental professional that you have diabetes.
  • A personalized oral health care plan will help maintain a healthy mouth.
  • More frequent check-ups may be required to maintain good oral health.

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