How Does Diabetes Affect Your Teeth?
It is important to take good care of your teeth when you have diabetes. Did you know that people with diabetes are more likely to have problems with their teeth and gums? The good news is that you can take steps to help keep your teeth healthy.
By reading through the information and tips in this blog, you will be well on your way to understanding more about Diabetes and Oral Health Problems and why Healthy Teeth Matter!
Oral diseases such as dental decay (cavities), gingivitis (bleeding gums), and periodontal disease (gum disease) are all contagious diseases. Each of them are caused by a certain germ just like the
common cold and flu and can be passed from person to person. The germs that cause dental diseases can be spread from person to person via affectionate contact such as kissing, or sharing of toothbrushes, food, eating utensils or drinks.
Plaque is the main cause of gum disease, but diabetes can also be a culprit because it may weaken your mouth’s germ-fighting powers. High blood glucose levels can make gum disease worse, and at the same time, gum disease can make diabetes harder to control.
Often gum disease is painless. You may not even know you have it until it causes serious damage. Regular dentist visits are the best option for prevention.
While gum disease may not hurt, there are warning signs to watch for.
Bleeding gums when you brush or floss. This bleeding is not normal. Even if your gums don’t hurt, get them checked.
Red, swollen or tender gums
Gums that have pulled away from teeth. Part of the tooth’s root may show, or your teeth may l Continue reading