It is recommended that many people get tested for diabetes when they go to the dentist. This is because some oral diseases may be complications of diabetes.
Experts say that people with diabetes have a much higher risk of dental disease than the general population. This is because the high sugar content in saliva causes harmful bacteria to multiply faster and stronger.
At the same time, diabetes can also affect blood vessels, especially causing blood vessel damage and narrowing. This causes a decrease in blood flow to the gums and reduces the ability to fight dental diseases.
Therefore, if you have 1 of the following 5 types of oral abnormalities, it is best to go to the hospital to check your blood sugar, lest it is too late:
1. Often dry mouth
This is very common in diabetics. When you have diabetes, saliva production is affected, leading to insufficient saliva and dry mouth.
2. Pain, swelling or inflammation of the gums
Diabetes can cause harmful bacteria to multiply rapidly and make teeth more prone to plaque. Over time, dental plaque can turn into difficult-to-clean tartar, which can irritate the gums, cause the gums to become red, swollen and bleeding, and cause gingivitis.
In addition, high blood sugar is also conducive to the rapid growth of Candida in the oral cavity, leading to thrush. Specifically, this disease causes white or red spots on the tongue, cheeks, upper jaw and gums, swelling, pain, and the formation of open, easily infected wounds.
3. Prone to tooth decay
If the cleaning is irregular and correct, the plaque on the teeth is formed by the combination of food and bacteria remaining between the teeth.
At the same time, diabetes can cause the sugar in saliva to increase, and bacteria can easily multiply and quickly form plaques. Over time, they combine to produce acid, which can corrode the surface of the patient’s teeth and cause tooth decay.
4. Or receding gums and loose teeth.
Diabetes causes gradual thickening of blood vessels, poor blood circulation, and weak bones around teeth and gums. This can cause receding gums and tooth loss.
5. Frequent periodontitis
If not diagnosed and treated early, this is a severe form of gingivitis. Periodontitis destroys the soft tissues, bones, and ligaments that support the teeth, causing the patient’s teeth to loosen, leading to tooth loss or medically called diabetic tooth loss.
Periodontal disease affects many people with diabetes. Because this disease will increase blood sugar levels and reduce the patient’s ability to control blood sugar.
Conversely, if blood sugar is not well controlled, periodontal disease will be more difficult to treat and the disease will progress faster. Even for patients with stable blood sugar control, the dentist recommends that you visit the dentist every 2-3 months to check your oral health and remove tartar.