The Connection Between Teeth and Diabetes

Close-up of female with open mouth during oral checkup at the dentist’sApproximately 30 million people in the US have diabetes. Given that diabetes is developed by the food we consume there is a strong connection between your teeth and diabetes. When we eat too much sugar our body has trouble creating insulation, the hormone that carries sugar from the blood cells and uses it for energy. If you have diabetes, you may have several issues with different parts of your body including your teeth and gums.

Common Symptoms of Diabetes Revealed Through Your Teeth and Gums

While you should always consult with your doctor regarding your health and preventable measures, often your dentist can see signs of diabetes revealed through your teeth and gums. If you experience any of the following symptoms on a daily basis, you should consider consulting with your doctor and scheduling a visit with your dentist:

  • You have unusually long durations of dry mouth in which you have difficulty creating saliva. With a lack of saliva, your teeth have a higher risk of developing cavities.
  • Your gums are bleeding often and are inflamed.
  • You are having trouble tasting food.
  • You’re experiencing other infections in your mouth such as unusual blisters.

People With Diabetes Are More Likely To Develop Gum Disease

Whether you have diabetes or not, you have tiny bacteria living in your mouth. However, if this bacteria makes itself a comfortable home in their gums you are prone to developing periodontal disease, which is a chronic disease that destroys your gums. Those with diabetes tend to have a higher risk of periodontal disease because of their poor handle on blood sugar. Living with diabetes, in general, makes it difficult to control other factors such as your weight, eyes, nerves, and kidneys. Along with seeking treatment from your doctor, your local dentist plays an important role in prevention.  

How to Prevent Diabetes With Oral Care

Research suggests that dentists can help prevent and treat diabetes through routine checkups and important procedures. A proper oral care routine is generally one of the easiest ways for people with living with diabetes to take a handle on their health. Here are some of the ways you can begin treating your diabetes today:

  • Avoid smoking.
  • Floss every day and brush in the morning and at night.
  • If you wear dentures, clean them daily.
  • Schedule regular check-ups with your dentist.

Don’t Delay Seeking Help, Schedule a Visitation Today.

At Lee Trevino Dental, we understand the complications associated with diabetes, which is why we stress the importance of treatment in all forms. We also know that your oral health is a significant aspect of prevention. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms we’ve described, don’t delay seeking professional help. Contact us today to have your teeth and gums examined. Together we will help fight your diabetes.  

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