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Diabetics are more susceptible to oral infections such as gingivitis and periodontitis than those that don’t suffer from diabetes, Univision Salud reports.
Lower flow of saliva among diabetics causes burning sensations in the mouth skyrocketing the incidence of cavities and other infections.
And those “who don’t control their sugar levels tend to have more oral health problems, particularly dental gum retractions.”
Gingivitis and periodontitis are the most common oral health problems among diabetics, but more serious ones such as Thrush (candidiasis) it’s also common.
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) recommends:
- Control glucose levels in the blood
- Brush your teeth and use dental floss every day
- Visit your dentist regularly
- Avoid tobacco products
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