Millions of Americans are diagnosed with diabetes each year. A medical condition that prohibits the body from regulating blood sugar, diabetes may affect the whole body. Symptoms of diabetes may also cause dental problems and contribute to deteriorating oral health.
It is important to know the signs of these dental health concerns for early diagnosis and the prevention of advanced dental problems. Northborough, MA Apex dentist office wants you to know more about how diabetes could be affecting your oral health.
Diabetes commonly decreases the body’s ability to fight infection, making patients more susceptible to gum disease, fungal infections, or dry mouth.
Periodontal Disease is a common bacterial infection of the gums. Periodontal disease is an advanced form of gingivitis and can lead to complex oral health concerns. Untreated periodontal disease has been linked to increased rates of medical conditions such as heart attack, stroke and even Parkinson’s disease. Periodontal disease is more prevalent in those with diabetes because your body’s defense to fight off bacteria is compromised. Those with uncontrolled diabetes who develop periodontal disease are also more likely to lose teeth due to the effects of gum disease.
Thrush is a fungal infection that will show most commonly on your tongue and the insides of your cheeks. Thrush may cause burning, swelling and difficulty in swallowing. If you notice red or white patches or sores on your tongue, gums, or cheeks, contact our Northborough dentist office.
Dry mouth is a common side effect of diabetes. Diabetes increases the levels of glucose in the saliva and slows the natural production of saliva down. With less saliva to wash away debris and to keep bacteria levels in check, tooth decay may become more prevalent. Saliva is an important natural defense against tooth decay. Drinking plenty of water and proper oral hygiene may help decrease tooth decay due to dry mouth .
Schedule a Dental Exam Northborough, MA
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, schedule an appointment at our Northborough dental office. Regular check ups and dental cleanings can help your body fight off bacteria and keep your smile bright and healthy. General dentist Dr. Robert Gauthier utilizes state of the art technology and their years of experience and education to offer patients quality dental care in a supportive environment.