Oral health and diabetes are closely interconnected. Diabetes, a chronic condition that affects how your body processes glucose (sugar), can have a significant impact on oral health. People with diabetes are at higher risk for dental problems, as elevated blood sugar levels can lead to many common oral health concerns. People with diabetes are at an increased risk of oral health issues, including tooth decay, gum disease, dry mouth, and infections. This blog outlines 8 reasons you need to maintain a close relationship with your dentist if you are diabetic. 

8 reasons you need your dentist on your diabetes management team


1. High blood sugar levels can promote the growth of harmful microorganisms in the mouth. The accumulation of these microorganisms into a biofilm on the tongue and bacterial plaque that cause gingivitis, acid erosion, and bad breath. Read The Relationship Between Diabetes and Periodontal Disease.


2. Some diabetes medications can cause (xerostemia) dry mouth, which can increase the risk of cavities and oral infections, as well as halitosis. 


3. The relationship between diabetes and oral health is bidirectional. Not only can diabetes affect oral health, but poor oral health can also negatively impact diabetes management.


4. Managing both diabetes and oral health requires a coordinated approach. Dental professionals and healthcare providers must collaborate to ensure that a patient’s systemic health and oral health needs are managed in a comprehensive care plan. 


5. People with diabetes may be more susceptible to oral infections, including thrush (a fungal infection) and mouth ulcers. High blood sugar levels can promote the growth of harmful microorganisms in the mouth.


6. Your dentist can help you prevent and manage inflammation and infection in the mouth. If not managed properly, infection and inflammation in the mouth can lead to insulin resistance and difficulty in controlling blood sugar levels. 


7. Diabetes can affect the body’s ability to heal efficiently. This is especially relevant in the context of oral surgery or dental procedures, where slower healing can increase the risk of complications. Diabetes can slow down the body’s ability to heal wounds, including those in the mouth. This can make it more challenging to recover from oral surgeries or injuries, and more important to have  the watchful eyes of your dentist monitoring your oral health situation. 

8. Diabetes can alter the sense of taste, affecting a person’s dietary choices and potentially leading to poor nutrition, which can impact oral health. Read How to protect your teeth from sugar damage.

Saskatoon diabetics seeking a dentist are welcome at Blok Dental Studio 

It’s important for individuals with diabetes to be aware of the potential impact of the disease on their oral health and take proactive steps to prevent and manage oral health issues. Additionally, regular communication between healthcare providers and dental professionals can help ensure comprehensive care for individuals with diabetes.

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