Diabetes Week 12th-18th June

Diabetics know the disease can harm the eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and other important systems in the body. Did you know diabetes can also cause problems in your mouth?

People with diabetes are more likely to develop serious gum disease and lose more teeth than non-diabetics. Like all infections, gum disease may be a factor in causing blood sugar to rise and may make diabetes harder to control.

Other conditions diabetics may experience are burning mouth syndrome and fungal infections, such as thrush. Dry mouth (xerostomia) also may develop, causing an increased risk of tooth decay.

It’s important to make sure to take extra good care of your mouth and have dental infections treated immediately. Diabetics who receive good dental care and have good insulin control typically have a better chance at avoiding gum disease.

See your dentist on a regular basis, keep them informed of your health status and keep your mouth in good health.