This information comes from a report in the British Dental Journal. The back story of diabetes is what it can do to your teeth. In healthy teeth, gum tissue (gingiva) surrounds the neck of the teeth and leaves a shallow crevice. Fungal Infection: A weak immune system and high blood sugar levels can cause fungal infections, like thrush, to develop painful patches in the mouth. Recent research suggests that the connection between gum disease and diabetes goes both ways. Jeffrey Klausner, chief medical officer for Banfield, tells DVM Newsmagazine. Treat your pearly whites with care.
This can cause your gums to pull away from your teeth and your teeth to loosen and even fall out. To help prevent thrush from developing, it’s crucial to have good dental habits, such as brushing, flossing, and using mouth wash twice a day. The gingivitis index was higher in the diabetic population. Notably, in the diabetes study, participants with gum disease who had lost all of their teeth appeared to be at lower risk for diabetes. Without enough saliva in the mouth, sugar is allowed to remain on the teeth and the pH can often times be acidic, especially after eating and drinking. Blood vessel thickening – The thickening of the blood vessels is one of the other major concerns for diabetes sufferers. Gum surgery is needed when periodontitis is very advanced and tissues that hold a tooth in place are destroyed.
However, deeper pockets need to be treated by a dentist, as normal brushing and cleaning will not reach the bottom of the pocket. Patients should eat and take their medications as directed prior to a dental appointment. If you are only brushing and not flossing then you are just doing half the job of cleaning your teeth.