Diabetes can Take a Negative Toll on Your Oral Health. Did you know that 29.1 million people living in the United States have diabetes? That’s 9.3% of the population. Some of the symptoms of diabetes include being excessively thirsty or have to urinate a lot. Weight loss and fatigue are other common symptoms. Diabetes can also cause you to lose consciousness if your blood sugar falls too low. But, did you know that if diabetes is left untreated, it can take a toll on your mouth as well. Here's how:
- · You may have less saliva, causing your mouth to feel dry. (Dry mouth is also caused by certain medications).
- Because saliva protects your teeth, you’re also at a higher risk of cavities.
- · Gums may become inflamed and bleed often (gingivitis).
- · You may have problems tasting food.
- · You may experience delayed wound healing.
- · You may be susceptible to infections inside of your mouth.
- · For children with diabetes, teeth may erupt at an age earlier than is typical.