Diabetes is a chronic health condition that takes a toll on many areas of the body. People are often aware of the impact that diabetes can have on their eyes, nerves, and kidneys, to name a few. However, it is necessary to know that high blood sugar is also associated with dental problems.
While our dentists are always ready to discuss this important subject, there is no better time than National Diabetes Month. If you are living with diabetes, we invite you to learn more about your risk of oral health issues and find out what steps you can take to keep your mouth healthy.
Oral Health Problems Associated with Diabetes
Your blood sugar levels can hurt your oral health in surprising ways. If your blood sugar is poorly controlled, you may be at an even higher risk of developing issues with your teeth and gums.
Diabetes can cause or worsen the following oral conditions:
- Gum disease
- Dry mouth
- Tooth loss
- Delayed wound healing
- Bad breath
One concern is that diabetes can reduce the blood supply to your mouth. It can also hurt your ability to fight bacteria, decrease your saliva production, and increase the acid on your teeth.
Tips to Protect Your Smile
Working hard to control your diabetes is your best defense against oral health issues. Eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise, and checking your blood sugar levels may all be helpful.
In addition, it is beneficial to have a good oral hygiene routine, which means you should:
- Brush twice a day
- Floss once a day
- Rinse with mouthwash
- Schedule regular dental appointments
Schedule a Dental Exam Today
Our dentists will gladly help you take control of your oral health. Our priority is to keep the impact of diabetes on your teeth and gums to an absolute minimum. Call one of the following four office locations to schedule your next visit: Hillsborough: 402-307-6227, Village Pointe: 402-505-7474, Ralston Square: 402-307-6215, or Dundee: 402-307-6244.