Diabetes and oral health

In these times, we have all heard about diabetes. We know that it is a pathology produced because, for some reasons or others, there is an excessive amount of glucose in the blood of a person, with all that this can lead to. But what is often talked about much less i’ts effects on the health of our mouth, and the truth is that the relationship between one thing and another is huge.

But … how can diabetes affect our oral health?

The truth is that there are many oral diseases that can result from diabetes, but the most important of all is gum disease. As we know, a gingival disease not treated properly can end in loss of teeth or decrease of gum tissue, and therefore it is vital to see a specialist if the diabetic notice discomfort, bleeding or swelling in the area.

Other pathologies that can appear as a result of diabetes are sores inside the mouth or a strong dryness that can cause pain or ulcers. Various types of infections such as oral candidiasis can also occur.

To avoid suffering from any of these ailments, it is convenient to follow a series of precautions that will make us control the effects that diabetes can produce in our mouth. As a first step, it is obvious that controlling the level of blood glucose is key to avoid unpleasant surprises. Similarly, dental hygiene is basic: a brushing after each meal will greatly help to prevent problems, and if this is accompanied by the use of dental floss, even more. Going through our dental clinic periodically to check the condition of our mouth will also always be a good idea. And of course, we must bear in mind that one of our biggest enemies is tobacco, which should be avoided.

Independently of all these measures, what the patient must have clear above all is that if he suffers from diabetes, he must report this to his dentist, so that from there the specialist acts accordingly. It is not the same to inform, for example, of a gingival inflammation in case of being diabetic than in that of not being it.

Thus, the relationship that this disease can have with possible oral problems is demonstrated, but it is also clear that, if we know how to act, these consequences can be prevented and controlled.

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