People who have been diagnosed with Diabetes have Glucose (Sugar) present in saliva. If the condition is not controlled, high level of sugar supports the growth of harmful bacteria which can potentially damage your teeth and gums/bone. If you are over 50, the risk of damage is even higher.
The resistance to gum infection is low, as a result, you are more likely to develop severe gum disease.
Diabetes impairs healing process and starting the production of the agent responsible for chronic infection causing gum/bone disease and tooth loss.
Also people with diabetes are at high risk for dry mouth as the saliva production slows down meaning more decay and gum disease, ulcers and sores.
Fungal yeast infection is also common, especially if you wear dentures. The yeast infection thrives on sugar.
Controlling your diabetes will help you to protect your teeth and prevent the gum disease progress. Reduce the discomfort due to ulcers, sores and thrush.
What can you do?
The best thing is to make sure that you see our dentist for dental check-ups and our hygienist for cleanings regularly. We will be able to see the early sign of decay, remove harmful plaque to reduce the gum infection or bone disease and try to fix them before they effect your entire mouth.