November is Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and we want make sure that our patients who are living with diabetes understand how this disease can affect your teeth and how, together, we can take care of your oral health.

Individuals living with diabetes are more likely to suffer from oral health problems. Many of these problems can be prevented and are treatable if they develop.

People with diabetes may suffer from one or more of the following conditions.

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth due to having less saliva production. Dry mouth may also occur as a result of medications used to treat diabetes. This condition is common in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Symptoms of dry mouth may include:

  • A rough, dry tongue
  • Lack of moisture in your mouth
  • Mouth pain
  • Cracked and dry lip
  • Mouth sores
  • Difficulty swallowing, talking, or chewing

    Gingivitis and or Periodontitis

    Gingivitis which is when your gums become inflamed and may bleed. Periodontitis is a severe gum infection that can lead to tooth and bone loss and other serious health complications.

    Symptoms of gingivitis and periodontitis may include:

  • Swollen or puffy gums
  • Red or purple gums
  • Tender gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Bad breath
  • Pus between your teeth and gums

    Oral Thrush

    Oral thrush results when you have extra sugar in your saliva. Symptoms of oral thrush include:

  • Pain in your mouth and throat
  • White patches on your tongue
  • Bitter or loss of taste
  • Cracks in the lips or corners of your mouth
  • Burning Mouth

    At Ivy Creek Family Dentistry, we want you to know that you do not have to suffer from any of these conditions. Some of the ways that you can treat and/or prevent oral health problems due to diabetes include:

  • Regular dental check ups at least twice a year
  • Maintaining normal blood sugar levels
  • Floss and brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Brush your teeth after every meal
  • If you wear dentures, clean them daily
  • If you smoke, quit.
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