D - Diabetes and your Oral Health (A to Z Challenge April 2014)
Diabetes is a disease that can affect the whole body, including your mouth. People with diabetes are at a higher risk of dental problems because of the poorly controlled blood sugar levels. If you are a diabetic, you can face any of these problems:
- Dry mouth which can lead to increase in tooth decay
- Gum inflammation which can lead to bone destruction and tooth loss
- Poor healing of oral tissues
- Burning sensation on the tongue and/or mouth
Diabetics who smoke are at an even higher risk of dental problems. Keeping the blood sugar levels under control, regular dental checkups and clean ups and proper brushing techniques can improve and maintain the oral health.