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How Diabetes Affects Mouth Health

When you have diabetes, your body doesn’t process sugar properly.

In Type 1 diabetes, the body doesn’t produce enough insulin. In Type 2 diabetes, which is the more common type of diabetes, the body no longer responds to insulin.

Both types can result in increased blood sugar levels, which can weaken the white blood cells or the body’s defense against bacterial infections.

How Diabetes is Connected to Your Oral Health

Diabetes can affect every part of your body, which includes your mouth. If left untreated, it may cause dry mouth, increased risk of cavities, gum inflammation, weakened sense of taste, and delayed healing from wounds.

How Your Dentist Can Help

Maintain regular dental visits and always stay on top of your professional dental cleaning. Preventing gum disease can help you keep your blood sugar levels in check and keep diabetes from progressing.

Teamwork between you and your dental team is important in keeping your mouth healthy and managing diabetes. Commit to good oral hygiene habits at home. If you’re a dental appliance, be sure to clean it daily.

Follow the instructions of your doctor in managing your sugar levels. With good sugar levels, you can also protect your mouth and body against bacterial infections.

Caring for your mouth and managing diabetes are both lifelong processes. Your hard work and discipline will benefit both your oral and general health.

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ASPEN SPRINGS DENTAL CENTRE

1 Hartwell Ave. Suite 300 
Bowmanville, Ontario L1C 0N1

(905) 623-3133

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