If you have diabetes managing your health comes with a variety of challenges, but it can definitely be done. Of course your diet and medicine play a major role in your daily life, but there are other aspects of your body that can be affected as well.
What are some ways that diabetes can impact your teeth and gums?
- Dry Mouth- If diabetes goes untreated saliva levels can dramatically decrease. This can increase the occurrence of oral ulcers and tooth decay.
- Burning Mouth Syndrome-This is a chronic burning of the mouth with no apparent cause (like spicy or hot food). These sensations happen suddenly and can affect your lips, tongue and gums.
- Periodontal Diseases- Diabetes can reduce the body’s resistance to infection. Infections like gingivitis and other inflammations have an easier way of developing.
What can you do to prevent some these added risks?
- Keep your dentist up-to-date on your medical conditions.
- Make regular visits.
- Maintain a good oral hygiene routine.
- Make regular visits to your doctor as well.
- Follow post treatment protocols thoroughly as it may take longer to heal.
Of course these are just a few things that may come up. Visiting with your dentist can provide much more information and tips on what to do to stay healthy on all levels. The Smile Spa provides a relaxing and enjoyable dental experience. For more information, click here.