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Diabetes & Oral Health: What Your Dentist Sees

Posted on December 13th, 2020

San Luis Obispo dentist, Michael Colleran DDS, discusses the side effects of diabetes and how it affects your oral health.It’s no secret that diabetes is a health condition that must be treated because of the problems it can cause throughout the body—including your mouth.  Almost 26 million children and adults in the U.S.  suffer from diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. San Luis Obispo dentist, Dr. Michael Colleran wants you to know the side effects diabetes can have on oral health. 

When diabetics experience high glucose levels, those elevated sugars can help bacteria thrive, which causes major problems for their teeth.  Because of the risks, it’s important for diabetics to take especially good care of their teeth. Some diabetics have chronic inflammation and infections in their mouths or other special oral care needs.  

Common dental conditions associated with diabetes include tooth decay, gum disease, saliva gland dysfunction, infections, and delayed healing.  If you are diabetic, it is paramount that you share that information with your dentist.

Diabetics, like all other people, should be vigilant about regular brushing and flossing habits. In addition, they need to:

  • Watch for signs or symptoms of oral disease and report them to their dentist
  • Visit Michael Colleran DDS regularly and remind them of your diabetes each visit
  • Maintain your blood glucose at normal levels whenever possible 

Some dental symptoms of diabetes to look out for are:

  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Tender or swollen gums
  • Pus between the teeth when the gums are pressed
  • Consistent bad breath or taste in the mouth
  • Dry mouth
  • A bite that feels different
  • Oral candidiasis (thrush)
  • Poor healing

If you have concerns about diabetes, contact us today to make an appointment and visit this American Diabetes Association FAQ. We are here to help!

 

The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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About Dr. Colleran

Dr. Colleran is a nationally renowned dental author and lecturer and an expert on laser dentistry. He has spoken across the country on laser dentistry and had articles appear in several professional journals. He is also sought after by dental manufacturers as a consultant for product evaluation and research. Dr. Colleran is an instructor for the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry, which teaches LANAP and other laser dental procedures to dentists from across the globe.