The Link Between Diabetes and Oral Health

Posted by Dr. Bipinjit Kaur on May 11 2023, 10:58 AM

The Link Between Diabetes and Oral Health

Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin that is produced. Insulin is a hormone that helps glucose enter the cells, where it is used for energy or stored for future use. When there is an excess of sugar in the bloodstream, the blood vessels can become damaged, which can result in a number of health issues. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes increase a person's risk of developing oral health problems. This is because diabetes impairs the body's ability to fight infections, including those that affect the mouth. It also causes several changes in saliva that can increase bacteria growth. Diabetics have a higher risk of gum disease, dry mouth, fungal infections, thrush, and tooth decay.

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is one of the most common oral health concerns associated with diabetes. One of the functions of saliva is to neutralize acids in your mouth. This helps to prevent tooth decay and helps to keep your mouth clean. When there is not enough saliva being produced, there is a higher potential for tooth decay. This can lead to cavities as well as gum disease. The best way to combat dry mouth is through frequent hydration through drinking water and other liquids. You may also consider chewing sugar-free gum to increase saliva production.

Poor Nutrition

Another side effect of diabetes can be poor nutrition. If the body is not properly absorbing nutrients from the food that is eaten, it can result in a weakened immune system, which can be further exacerbated by illnesses from the common cold to the flu. Poor nutrition can also result in a lack of vitamins and minerals, which can weaken teeth and gums. While a healthy diet is important for everyone, it is especially important for people with diabetes to ensure proper healing of sores and wounds in the mouth.

Gum Disease

Any person who has diabetes is at an increased risk of developing gum disease. This is because the infection-fighting white blood cells in the body can have difficulty fighting off infections such as gum disease. Additionally, gum disease can increase blood sugar as oral bacteria can enter the bloodstream. This can cause inflammation and make it more difficult for people to manage blood sugar levels. People with poorly controlled diabetes are more likely to develop severe forms of gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss.

A healthy diabetic diet combined with good oral hygiene habits is the best way to keep your heart healthy!

Treating periodontal disease will also help reduce your risk of heart disease. Be sure to visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings to catch problems early and keep your mouth feeling fresh and clean!

Get the best dental services from the expert team of dental assistants led by Dr. Bipinjit Kaur at Tracy Arch Dental, Tracy, California. For more details and appointments, call us at (209) 820-0789, book online, or visit us at 1920 West Grant Line Road, Tracy, CA 95376.

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