How Does Diabetes Affect My Oral Health?

Diabetes can put a strain on many parts of your body, including your mouth. If your blood sugar is poorly managed, it can increase your risk of developing a multitude of dental issues. As a result, patients with diabetes should take extra care to keep their mouths healthy. Understanding how diabetes can affect your mouth will help you prevent problems from developing and know when to seek treatment.

You should also work with your dentist to maintain your oral health. Dr. John Cranham and Dr. Kelsey Knuth are happy to help you deal with any dental complications caused by diabetes. At Cranham Dentistry, we have the expertise, experience, and advanced technology to provide you with the highest quality care.

Diabetes and Your Mouth

People with high blood sugar have a greater chance of developing many oral problems, including:

  • Dry mouth
  • Gum disease
  • Food tasting bland
  • Increased amount of plaque
  • Oral Thrush
  • Wounds taking a long time to heal or unable to heal
  • Increased risk of infection

How Can You Prevent Dental Problems Caused By Diabetes?

The good news is that you can usually avoid many of these oral health issues if you manage your diabetes properly and practice good dental care. Getting your blood sugar levels under control is a crucial first step. You can do this by following all of your doctor’s instructions, maintaining a healthy diet, and exercising regularly.

Keeping your mouth healthy starts at home, where you should make sure you are practicing the basics of good dental hygiene. This includes brushing at least twice a day for two to three minutes every time. You should also floss at least once a day to help remove dental plaque, which contributes to gum disease and tooth decay.

It’s also important to schedule regular visits to Cranham Dentistry. Generally, patients are advised to have a minimum of two routine check-ups per year. Each time you visit, you’ll receive dental cleanings, preventative care, and screenings for issues such as cavities and gum disease. Let us know if you have diabetes so that we can work with you to improve your oral health.

Schedule An Appointment

To schedule an appointment at our Chesapeake, VA dentist office, call 757.656.4109 or schedule an appointment online.


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