Prevent the Oral Health Problems Linked With Diabetes

Did you know that diabetes can lead to oral health problems? It’s true: those with diabetes have an increased risk of the following issues:

  1. Periodontitis: infections and inflammation of the gums and bone that surround and support the teeth
  2. Gingivitis: unhealthy or inflamed gums
  3. Candidiasis: growth of naturally occurring fungus
  4. Xerostomia: dry mouth

If you or someone you care for has diabetes or is pre-diabetic, it is important to take the necessary precautions to avoid these problems. Some preventative steps you can take are:

  1. Control your blood glucose levels
  2. Brush and floss everyday
  3. Visit your dentist regularly and discuss your diabetic status with them
  4. Quit smoking
  5. Drink water frequently

Take the needed precautions a head of time so you don’t have face the consequences later.

Learn from the National Institutes of Health about how diabetes can affect your oral health.