Diabetes has two spectrums. It either has to do with low blood sugar or high blood sugar levels. Concerning oral health, high blood sugar level is of utmost concern. Diabetes interferes with the body's ability to process and utilize the glucose or sugar in the blood to release energy to the body. Diabetes poses major oral concerns.
Cavities and gingivitis
Sugar concentrations in the blood are more or less the same as in the saliva. If the sugar in the blood is high, so will the levels in the saliva. Bacteria feed on sugars in the system. If one is not careful, diabetes can lead to an overgrowth of bacteria that eats away at the enamel leading to tooth decay and cavities. In the case of gingivitis, it may take longer for gum disease to heal. Failure to treat gingivitis can cause it to escalate to more severe periodontitis.
Attack on the white blood cells
High sugar levels in the blood inhibit the efficient working of the white blood cells in the mouth. The sole purpose of the white blood cells in the mouth is to fight against infections. As such, weak cells predispose the cavity to all sorts of bacterial infections.
Diabetes will most often cause a dry mouth. This is partly due to the effects of the medications used. A dry mouth has got to do with a reduction in saliva production in the mouth. Less saliva causes bad breath and can make it difficult to chew and swallow your food.
Guarding against the effects of diabetes
Maintaining good hygiene will help curb the effects of diabetes. Ensure that you brush your teeth at least twice a day without fail. Make flossing part of your daily routine. Flossing helps to get rid of sugars and other food particles that could get stuck in between the teeth. Sticking to your recommended medications will certainly do you well. When the blood sugar is at manageable levels so will the effects be on your teeth. When you visit the doctor, be sure to disclose that you have diabetes for efficient treatment. You can be sure that we have qualified doctors at your back and call ready to attend to you. We look forward to hearing from you.
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