Manage Symptoms of Diabetes to Increase Your Oral Health

Portrait of a smiling, blonde woman. with diabetes

Portrait of a smiling, blonde woman.

Diabetes, though generally considered a blood disorder, has symptoms that affect the entire body. The teeth and mouth are no exception. At Cherrywood Dental Associates, we care about helping our patients learn about the links between general health and oral health. Further, we are always available to answer any questions you may have about the various effects it can have on your oral health and what to do about them.

How Can Diabetes Affect My Oral Health?

Diabetes can increase the risk of a number of oral health problems. Some of the common oral health problems that may be associated with diabetes include:

  • Excessive buildup of bacteria correlated with cavities
  • Oral thrush, a type of yeast infection that is found in the mouth
  • An increased risk of gingivitis, periodontal disease, and other types of gum disease
  • Chronic dry mouth, which may be uncomfortable and can increase your risk of cavities

Decrease Risk of Oral Health Problems Related to Diabetes?

As with any major health problem, it is a good idea to inform your dentist that you have diabetes. This makes it easier for your dentist to determine the most likely cause of an increased level of bacteria, gum disease, or other oral health irregularities. Caring for your teeth properly is even more important if you have this disease or another underlying health problem. Patients with other known problems that affect oral health should take extra care to brush, floss, use fluoride rinses, and visit their dentist regularly to minimize the effects it can have on oral health.

Learn More About Managing Diabetes to Increase Oral Health

At Cherrywood Dental Associates, we care about helping our patients understand the ways in which certain health problems can affect the mouth and teeth. Indeed, contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment!

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