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Diabetes and Dental Health

Posted on 10/31/2023 by Weo Admin
Smiling white patient calmly sitting a dental chair while her white dental assistant speaks with herDiabetes influences oral health in multiple ways. Maintaining excellent dental care is especially important for people with diabetes to avoid complications. Working closely with your dentist supports whole-body wellness.

Increased Risk of Gum Disease

Elevated blood sugar impairs immune function and healing. This makes people with diabetes prone to severe gingivitis that progresses to advanced periodontitis if unchecked. Destructive gum infections further hinder glycemic control.

Careful oral hygiene and professional cleanings prevent gum disease. Addressing periodontitis is critical for people with diabetes, as chronic oral infections aggravate metabolic issues.

Higher Decay Risk

Saliva helps neutralize mouth acid and combat bacteria. Reduced salivary flow in people with diabetes enables the proliferation of caries-causing microbes. Uncontrolled diabetes also elevates glucose levels in saliva, which bacteria feed on.

This combination makes diabetics very cavity prone. Using topical fluoride, limiting sugar, and maintaining immaculate hygiene prevent decay.

Increased Risk of Oral Fungal Infections

Oral thrush, a fungal infection, is another common problem for diabetics due to weakened immunity. Persistent white patches inside the mouth signal thrush. Antifungal medication usually resolves it. Proper glucose control lowers recurrence likelihood.

Delayed Healing of Mouth Sores and Injuries

High blood sugar interferes with healing, while lower immunity means greater vulnerability to ulcers and abrasions inside the mouth. Diabetic mouth sores thus take longer to improve and require excellent hygiene to prevent infection.

Salivary Gland Dysfunction

Salivary gland damage from advanced periodontal disease and microvascular issues in people with diabetes further impair saliva secretion. This perpetuates dry mouth and subsequent problems. Sipping water and using oral moisturizers brings relief.


With greater risks for oral issues, a thorough care plan tailored to your needs is key. Your dentist will collaborate with your physician for optimal diabetes management and oral health. With vigilant home hygiene and professional care, your smile can stay healthy.

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