Teeth and Gum Problems Associated with Diabetes

If you are one of the millions of Americans living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, you’re probably aware that it can cause other problems with your overall health! But did you know that uncontrolled diabetes can also lead to a whole host of dental problems, as well?

It’s true! If and when diabetes (of any type) is left uncontrolled and dental care is not tended to, the combination can result in a few different dental conditions such as the following:

Gum Disease: Due to a decreased blood supply to the gums, diabetic dental patients may be more at risk to develop gum disease. Symptoms of gum disease include: red, swollen, and bleeding gums. If left untreated for an extended period of time, gum disease can turn into a serious mouth infection called periodontitis that can result in missing teeth.

Dry Mouth: Due to reduced saliva production, a common symptom of diabetes is an unquenchable thirst. While this isn’t a dental problem in itself, dry mouth can actually cause a variety of other problems like dental decay. Dry mouth can even worsen the effects of gum disease, and may cause more frequent tooth cavities!

It’s no secret that the risks for gum disease and other dental problems are heightened as a diabetic, and proper dental care is absolutely essential. Use these tooth care tips to keep your teeth healthy for years to come:

  • Brush twice daily. Frequent brushing removes plaque that causes dental decay.
  • Manage your diet! A healthy diet may lead to controlled diabetes and better dental (and overall!) health!
  • Keep up with exams! It is recommended that the average patient be seen for a dental cleaning twice yearly. However, if you are a diabetic, more frequent exams may be recommended to check dental health.
  • Tell our dental team! Quality dental care starts by being upfront with our dental team! Be sure to mention you are a diabetic at your appointment!

Visit Newman Family Dentistry in Carmel and Indianapolis for a diabetes related dental checkup today! Our team of highly experienced and professional dentists is proud to ensure that maintaining your dental health is a stress-free priority.

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