Not many people are aware that diabetes not only affects the body but also the mouth. Those diagnosed with diabetes should be very cautious of their dental care as they are at a higher risk of facing oral health issues. The less constrained the blood sugar, the more likely oral health problems will arise. In such conditions, diabetes tends to impair the white blood cells that serve as the primary defense against bacterial infections occurring in the mouth.
In certain cases, uncontrolled diabetes reduces the production of saliva flow, resulting in dry mouth. It can lead to soreness, ulcers, infections, and tooth decay. A typical gum inflammation and gingivitis and periodontitis occur. Apart from impairing white blood cells, it leads to the complication of diabetes that thickens the blood vessels and hinders the flow of nutrients to and waste products from body tissues, including the mouth. In such a case, the body’s ability to combat infections is reduced.
Poor healing of oral tissues with uncontrolled diabetes does not tend to heal quickly after oral surgery or other dental procedures. It is because the flow of blood to the treatment spot can be impaired.
Through our Dentzz review you can see how we encourage our diabetic patients to get their oral hygiene maintained frequently. They take antibiotics to fight various infections and are especially prone to developing a fungal infection of the mouth and tongue. The bacteria and fungus thrive in high levels of sugar in the saliva of people with uncontrolled diabetes. It is also believed that people with diabetes who have the habit of smoking are at even a higher risk than nonsmokers in the development of thrush and periodontal disease. Smoking also seems to impair blood flow to the gums — which may affect wound healing in this tissue area.
People with diabetes are more prone to ailments that may harm their oral health. Thus, it is essential to follow good dental care practices and to pay particular attention to any developments in your oral health and to seek a timely dental consultation if such changes occur. Don’t forget to inform us about the status of your diabetes. If you have had a hypoglycemic episode in the past, then you are at increased risk to have another one. When you visit our clinic inform us when your last episode was and how frequently it occurs.
Before scheduling a treatment for periodontal disease consult your doctor. Ask your physician to talk to your dentist or periodontist about your medical condition before any dental treatment is performed. If there is any oral surgery that is planned, inform the doctor if you need to take any presurgical antibiotics or need to make changes to your meal schedule or the timing and dosage of your insulin.