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Diabetics Must be Vigilant to Prevent Oral Health Problems
November 13th, 2012 by Dr. Watson

It’s no secret that diabetes is a health condition that must be treated because of the problems it can cause throughout the body—including in your mouth.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month—a time to consider the nearly 26 million children and adults in the U.S. who according to the American Diabetes Association, have diabetes. It’s also a time to consider the effects diabetes can have on oral health.

When people with diabetes experience high glucose levels, those levels could also be helping bacteria thrive—causing major problems for their teeth. Some diabetics have chronic inflammation and infections in their mouths.

Because of the risk, it’s important that diabetics take extra special care of their teeth. People with diabetes have special oral are needs, so it’s vital that you share this information with your dentist.

Common dental conditions associated with diabetes are tooth decay, gum disease, saliva gland dysfunction, infection, delayed healing and more.

Everyone—especially those who have been diagnosed with diabetes, should:

Some signs and symptoms include:

For more information, give us a call to make an appointment and visit this American Diabetes Association FAQ:

http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/oral-health-and-hygiene/oral-health-faqs.html