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Diabetes and Your Mouth

 

 

Diabetes can take a huge toll on your entire body, but it can also increase your risk of dental disease and other symptoms that appear in your mouth.  Once in five cases of total tooth loss has been linked to diabetes.  The good news is you can take charge and change everything today!  Control your blood sugar, brush, floss, and make your routine dental visits a priority.  Doing all of this can help to decrease diabetes-related mouth problems. 

Gum Disease

If there is bleeding when you brush or floss, this could be a sign of early gum disease.  If it becomes more frequent or severe, the bone that supports the teeth can break down.  This leads to tooth loss.  Early gum disease can be reversed with brushing, flossing, and the right diet.  Gum disease can worsen if your blood sugar is not under control

Dry Mouth

People with diabetes produce less saliva, so feeling extra parches or thirsty is normal.  Fight this by drinking water, chew sugarless gum and eat healthy crunchy foods to get the saliva flowing.  Extra sugar in your saliva, combined with less saliva to wash away all the leftover food, can lead to dental cavities. Mobile AL Dental Emergency

Change in Taste

Your favorite things may not taste as good as you remember if you have diabetes.  This is disappointing, but take the time to try different tastes, textures and spices.  Keep the sugar at a minimum when trying to add flavor.  This affects your diet and can lead to more cavities.  If you have a bad taste in your mouth often, talk to your dentist or doctor. Mobile AL Dental Emergency

 

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