If you have diabetes, it is all the more important to take good care of your teeth and gums. Many studies have demonstrated that a diabetes diagnosis is linked to mouth infections such as gum disease, dry mouth, and oral thrush.
There is a powerful statistical connection between gum disease and diabetes. Gum disease is a condition of the mouth which can cause your gums and jawbone to deteriorate, leading to painful chewing problems and even the loss of your teeth. Gum disease can also affect how well you can control your blood glucose, affecting the rest of your body.
Diabetes can also generate a medical condition called chronic dry mouth, in which your salivary glands do not produce enough saliva. Saliva contains natural cleansing and nourishing minerals which are absolutely essential for good oral health. A lack of saliva can greatly accelerate tooth decay. If your glucose levels are high, your saliva can also become riddled with sugar, which can cancel out its beneficial effects.
Dry mouth can eventually lead to an infection called oral thrush, characterized by painful white patches on the insides of the cheeks, tongue and throat.
You can prevent this problem with a few regular practices. First, control your blood glucose levels. Second, brush twice a day and floss once every single day. Third, visit your dentist twice a year. These things will help you to have a happier mouth and more fulfilling life.
Is it time for a dentist appointment? You can book a visit to Cottage Grove Dental in Cottage Grove, Oregon by calling 541-942-7934. Dr. Brent Bitner and our friendly dental staff will be delighted to see you!