Dental Problems Caused by High Blood Sugar

Diabetes is a chronic condition that can affect every part of your body, including your smile. Maintaining healthy blood glucose levels can keep your smile and your body healthier. High blood sugars can lead to several serious dental health issues, including:

• Thrush
Thrush is an oral yeast infection that is more common in people with uncontrolled diabetes. Good dental hygiene habits and regular dental checkups can reduce your risk. Any symptoms, including white spots or slow-healing sores, should be brought to our attention.

• Dry mouth
Dry mouth is an uncomfortable condition that is caused by too little saliva. Sugar-free gum can help alleviate the discomfort, but it may not be enough. Because dry mouth is associated with both tartar buildup and gum disease, you may need a saliva replacement product or other targeted treatment to alleviate your discomfort.

• Gum disease
Gingivitis, which is the earliest stage of gum disease, may be subtle when it first appears, and your gums may be tender, swollen or bleeding. Advanced gum disease, or periodontitis, may be associated with a receding gum line and chronic bad breath. High blood sugar levels and dry mouth can increase your risk of gum disease.

If you have diabetes, let us know at your next dental checkup. We can create a customized treatment plan that focuses on your dental and general health. Give us a call today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Frame, our dentist in Santa Clara.

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