Special Dental Considerations for Diabetic Patients

- Tuesday, April 20, 2021
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If you are diabetic, you need to pay extra attention to your oral health. You need to keep your blood glucose levels in check regularly. Otherwise, you’re more likely to develop gum diseases and lose teeth. Reversely, a gum disease could result to blood sugar increase, making diabetes more difficult to control. Thus, keeping your teeth and gums clean by brushing twice a day and flossing daily is imperative. And if you have dentures on, remove and clean them in daily basis.

It is highly recommended to visit your dentist twice yearly for a professional teeth cleaning and checkup. Professional teeth cleaning will ensure plaque and tartar won't accumulate and lead to gum disease. Also be sure to discuss your diabetes status and current medications with your dentist at each dental visit.

Warning Signs: Gum Disease

Since diabetic patients are more susceptible to developing gum disease, it’s important to be able to identify the warning signs. These are the most common:

  • Bleeding gums when you brush or floss
  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Receding gums
  • Pus between the teeth and gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Loose permanent teeth
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • Changes in the fit of partial dentures or a dental bridge

Also keep an eye on other symptoms that might develop, including white patches on your tongue, which could indicate oral thrush, an infection caused by fungus that grows in the mouth, and soreness and ulcers in the mouth, which could be a sign of dry mouth. If you notice any of these symptoms, see your dentist. If you have diabetes and need a dental appointment, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.