Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Diabetes And Dental Health

What does diabetes have to do with dental health? Good question!!

Diabetes plays a major role in dental problems.  An estimated 21 million Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes are surprised to learn about the unexpected complications with this disease.

The three most significant problems seen in the mouth are infections, saliva problems and gum disease.  People who have been diagnosed with diabetes are more likely to develop oral infections and periodontal disease, than those who are not diabetics. 

Some problems diabetics might experience are; decreases of salivary flow (which causes dry mouth) along with a burning mouth or tongue and premature gum recession.  Frequent cleanings and medicated mouth rinses help alleviate the discomfort caused by these diabetic related dental maladies.

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