Diabetes & Your Oral Health

 

For many Canadians who have diabetes, they are surprised to learn about an unexpected complication associated with this condition. Researchers have found there is an increased prevalence of gum disease among those with diabetes. This adds gum disease to the list of other complications associated with diabetes, such as heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.

Research from many different sources strongly suggests that people with diabetes are at higher risk for oral health problems, such as gingivitis (early gum disease) and periodontitis (serious gum disease).

Diabetics are at an increased risk for serious gum disease because they are generally more susceptible to bacterial infection since their immune systems and have a decreased ability to fight bacteria that invade the gums.

With many suffering from Diabetes, infections like serious gum disease, may be a factor in causing blood sugar to rise and may make diabetes harder to control.

If your blood glucose levels are not kept under control, you are more likely to develop serious gum disease and lose more teeth than those without the disease.

To maintain good oral health… don’t smoke… brush and floss regularly… remove and clean your dentures daily if you wear them and keep control of your blood glucose levels. 

If you are a diabetic make sure you visit your dentist regularly especially if you have any warning signs.  Remember sometimes there is no pain present when symptoms are present.

    • Red, swollen, or tender gums.
    • Bleeding gums when you brush or floss.
    • Gums that have pulled away from teeth.
    • Pus between the teeth and gums (when you press on the gums).
    • Permanent teeth that are loose or moving away from each other.
    • Changes in the way your teeth fit when you bite.
    • Changes in the fit of partial dentures or bridges.
    • Bad breath

 

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