Diabetes and Your Mouth!

Q:

How does having diabetes affect my teeth?

 

A:

Diabetes can have many affects on your teeth.

        *Your mouth may feel dry. This is because you may produce less saliva. You may be at                    higher risk of dental decay due to lack of saliva. Certain medications you may be taking              can also cause dry mouth.

        *Gums can become more inflamed and bleed easier.

        *You may have changes in how you taste food.

        *You may be more susceptible to infections in your mouth, including periodontal disease. 

        *You may experience delayed healing in areas of your mouth that have been traumatized              or had surgery.

 

 

Regular dental visits are very important if you have diabetes. If you have more questions about diabetes and dental health please contact your dentist!