Having diabetes can be hard enough to live with day to day. There are connections between diabetes and oral health that you may not even know about. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 30.3 million people living in the US have diabetes. It’s important to take care of your overall health, by looking for these warning signs you may be able to catch it in time to take charge of your life.
Symptoms to Look For
Diabetes affects how your body processes sugar and turns it into energy. You may be asking how this relates to oral health. The truth is that it is not the sugar that matters, it is what happens if diabetes goes untreated that can do damage. Here are symptoms to look for:
- Inflamed or bleeding gums
- Problems tasting drinks or food
- Oral wounds taking a longer time to heal than normal
- May experience dry mouth or lower amounts of saliva
Saliva is Very Important
Experiencing dry mouth is not only uncomfortable, but you’re also more prone to cavities if you have less saliva. Some medication side effects include dry mouth. Dry mouth occurs when the salivary glands underproduce, causing your mouth to become sore and inflamed. Chewing, swallowing, and eating can become more difficult, in a result harder to control your blood sugar.
Of those people, 7.2 million don’t know that they have this life-altering diagnosis. Regular visits to your doctor and HomeTown Dental are important to keep your diabetes and oral health under control. When you see the dentist, be sure to tell them if you have diabetes to receive the proper treatment and if any medication needs to be changed for procedures. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us today.
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