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How Does Diabetes Affect Your Oral Health?

Posted on: March 26th, 2019 by Lynnfield Dental Associates No Comments

The body is an intricate network working together, so if one system is failing, the others suffer as well. While it’s important for everyone to maintain proper oral health, diabetics need to pay extra attention to keeping their mouth healthy. This becomes clear in the varying ways that diabetes can also impact oral health.

Increased chance of gum disease

Whether it’s periodontitis or gingivitis, these gum diseases become more prevalent. Diabetes reduces the capabilities of your immune system, making you more prone to these infections. Proper and regular dental visits are essential to preventing further issues.

Increased chance of oral thrush

The weakened immune system can increase your susceptibility to oral thrush, a fungal disease recognized by sores and difficulty swallowing.

Burning mouth syndrome

The fluctuations in blood glucose levels can cause a burning sensation in the mouth. This uncomfortable sensation persists until blood glucose levels are brought under control.

Dry mouth

Diabetes comes with decreased saliva flow in the mouth. Saliva is important in remineralizing the teeth’s enamel layer and maintaining the pH of the mouth. A dry mouth can promote the growth of cavity-causing bacteria and prevent the remineralization.

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