Diabetes & Oral Health: What Your Dentist Sees
It’s no secret that diabetes is a health condition that must be treated because of the problems it can cause throughout the body—including your mouth. Almost 26 million children and adults in the U.S. suffer from diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Your Highlands Ranch dentists at Twiss Dental want you to know the side effects diabetes can have on oral health.
When diabetics experience high glucose levels, those elevated sugars can help bacteria thrive, which causes major problems for their teeth. Because of the risks, it’s important for diabetics to take especially good care of their teeth. Some diabetics have chronic inflammation and infections in their mouths or other special oral care needs.
Common dental conditions associated with diabetes include tooth decay, gum disease, saliva gland dysfunction, infections, and delayed healing. If you are diabetic, it is paramount that you share that information with your dentist.
Diabetics, like all other people, should be vigilant about regular brushing and flossing habits. In addition, they need to:
- Watch for signs or symptoms of oral disease and report them to their dentist
- Visit Twiss Dental regularly and remind them of your diabetes each visit
- Maintain your blood glucose at normal levels whenever possible
Some dental symptoms of diabetes to look out for are:
- Gums that bleed easily
- Tender or swollen gums
- Pus between the teeth when the gums are pressed
- Consistent bad breath or taste in the mouth
- Dry mouth
- A bite that feels different
- Oral candidiasis (thrush)
- Poor healing
The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
About Tyler Twiss, DMD, MBA
Dr. Twiss grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is married with four children and loves being involved with them as they grow up. Dr. Twiss has spent extensive time in advancing his dental education. He received his Fellowship with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, spending over 150 hours in training with world-renowned implant pioneer Dr. Carl Misch. In addition to dental implants, Dr. Twiss has extensive training in orthodontics, Invisalign®, laser gum surgery, and CEREC® one-visit porcelain crown technology.