Oral Health And Diabetes

Oral Health And Diabetes

Today is World Diabetes Day—a fantastic time to discuss how having diabetes can affect your oral health, and vice versa.

Having a high blood glucose level can cause many problems: among them is a decrease in saliva, resulting in dry mouth. Having a dry mouth can then lead to tartar buildup which can cause gum disease.

When someone has a high blood sugar level, the blood vessels in their mouth become narrow, which can then reduce the blood supply to the gums, therefore increasing the risk of infection.

Read more about the link between diabetes and oral health in this Diabetes Australia page:

http://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/PageFiles/1419/ORAL%20HEALTH.pdf

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