Can diabetes result in dental problems?

man using glucose meter smiling with a happy and cool smile on face. Diabetes is a condition that can become a chronic problem and has been diagnosed in a large percentage of the United States population. It is known for taking a toll on various areas of the body, affecting everything from the eyes to the nerves. However, many patients in the Naples, Florida area are unaware of how the condition can also impact their smile. Drs. Eugene and Olga Titov of Marsh Cove Dental and Implant Center work regularly with patients to help them with their smiles and educate them on the link between diabetes and dental problems.

What are some oral health problems associated with diabetes?

The primary concerns when it comes to diabetes is the management of blood sugar levels. If patients are not properly controlling their blood sugar levels, they may be at a higher risk of developing a host of medical problems. This includes dental issues. Diabetes can cause or even worse a range of oral conditions, including:

  • Tooth loss
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Tooth decay
  • Dry mouth
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Infection/gum disease
  • Reduced blood supply to the mouth

How to protect the smile when you have diabetes

Controlling your diabetes is the primary goal patients should have in mind. This means working hard to eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and maintain proper blood sugar levels. In addition, patients need to make their oral health a priority. Patients need to brush after each meal, floss at least once a day, rinse with fluoride mouthwashes, call their dentist when changes occur, and visit their dental team at least every six months for cleanings and evaluations.

Schedule an examination today

Our dentists at Marsh Cove Dental and Implant Center in Naples, FL are dedicated to providing patients with solutions for their smiles, and also help them in managing conditions that might impact their oral health as well. If you are interested in learning more about the effect your diabetes has on your teeth and gums, now is the time to book an appointment with our husband and wife team! Call (239) 331-3575 to request a visit at 6654 Collier Boulevard, Ste. #104.

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