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How does my blood sugar affect diabetes and oral health?

Carol Jahn
Dentist
Just having diabetes increases the risk for periodontal disease. People who have a hard time controlling their blood sugar seem to have a more severe case of periodontitis.
Diabetes is a chronic disease which affects your body’s ability to process sugar. The resulting high blood sugar can cause problems with your eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and other parts of your body. Diabetes can lower your resistance to infection and can slow the healing process.

Your dentist may recommend more frequent evaluations and preventive procedures, such as teeth cleaning, to maintain good oral health.

An individual with diabetes may experience spikes in blood glucose levels. This affects their oral health because it can increase their risk of cavities, gum disease, or a fungal infection. Uncontrolled diabetes, in particular, causes higher levels of infection and inflammation associated with gum disease and this, in turn, can cause your blood glucose levels to rise. This is why it is important for everyone to practice regular and thorough dental care, especially if you suffer from diabetes.

 

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