Image Placeholder Diabetes and Oral health problems - a vicious cycle

People with severe gum disease (periodontitis) have a harder time keeping their blood sugar levels under control and people whose blood sugar is not well controlled tend to develop gum problems.

What are the Most Common Type of Dental Problems Seen In a Diabetic?
  • Gum disease
  • Dry mouth
  • Tooth decay
  • Thrush
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Taste disturbances
  • Gum abscesses (an infection of the tooth and or gums)

Warning Signs To Watch Out For
  • Red, swollen gums that bleed easily
  • Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
  • Pus between the teeth when the gums are pressed
  • Constant bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  • Teeth that are loose or seem to have moved
  • White and red patches on your tongue and cheeks with a painful burning sensation indicating thrush
  • Dry mouth

Image Placeholder Tips To Prevent Dental Problems If You Are a Diabetic
  • Following a healthy diabetes friendly diet to maintain a low glycemic index is extremely important
  • Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush and a fluoride-containing toothpaste
  • Flossing between meals helps remove plaque and prevents gum disease
  • Visit your dentist every six months for a regular check-up

What you need to keep in mind for your next dental visit
  • Be sure to tell your dentist about your diabetes as well as all other and the medications you take.
  • You and your dentist can plan your treatment at a time that works well regarding your meals and medications
  • Encourage your dentist and physician to work together as a team
  • All non-emergency dental procedures should be postponed till your blood sugar level is controlled and maintained.