Diabetes and Dental Health

Dental problems such as bleeding gums, cavities, dry mouth and fungal infections may be an indication of other serious medical conditions such as diabetes. Diabetes lowers the body’s resistance to infection, increasing the risk of gum disease. Sugar promotes bacterial growth in your mouth that will destroy the outer protective layer of the tooth, also known as the enamel. This can lead to development of cavities which could be one of the dental manifestations of diabetes.

Good oral hygiene habits, including frequent professional cleanings, regular brushing and flossing are important to control the progression of gum diseases. Patients with diabetes should appropriately control their blood glucose and ensure proper care of their gums and teeth to prevent dental problems.