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Diabetes and Oral Health
Dentists Can Help Diagnose Diabetes
Because the symptoms of diabetes may be subtle, many people with this disease aren’t aware they have it. About a third of people with diabetes have not been tested or diagnosed with the disease.
Diabetes and Your Mouth: Keep Your Smile Healthy
Your mouth is home to millions of germs—and those germs have a sweet tooth. When blood sugar is high, germs grow more easily. That’s one reason why people with diabetes are prone to getting periodontal (gum) disease.
Healthy Teeth and Gums: An Important Part of Your Diabetes Management Plan
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is especially important if you have diabetes. That’s because people with diabetes are at increased risk for a variety of oral health complications, including periodontal (gum) disease, which can damage the gums and bone around your teeth.
Managing Mouth Care with Type 2 Diabetes
People with type 2 diabetes tend to have more problems with their teeth and gums if their blood glucose remains high.
Mouth Problems Could Signal Diabetes
One in three people with diabetes don’t even know they have it. But untreated, high blood sugar can threaten your heart, blood vessels, eyes, and kidneys. High blood sugar also affects your mouth.
Necessary Diabetes Tests
By getting regular tests and checkups, you can help control your glucose level and prevent or delay damage caused by high blood glucose. Watching your health closely lets you react to problems early before they get more serious.
The Diabetes-Gum Disease Connection
If you have diabetes, it’s important to take good care of your teeth and gums. Why? Gum disease can make your diabetic condition worse. And if you don’t have diabetes, good dental care can lower your chances of developing periodontal (gum) diseases.
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