People with diabetes are at a higher risk of experiencing oral health problems such as gum disease, dry mouth, cavities, and thrush. People with diabetes are at increased risk of developing gum disease, in part, because of the way their bodies react to infections. When an infection develops in people with diabetes, the swelling that occurs is greater than in people who do not have diabetes. This swelling can damage the gums and jaw bone beneath.
When you have diabetes, you may take a number of medications. Any of these medications may cause dry mouth. In addition to being uncomfortable, dry mouth can cause bad breath, sore tongue or throat, and trouble chewing, speaking, or swallowing. Reduced saliva is unable to wash away food debris so you may develop cavities. Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride and cleaning between teeth once a day may lower your risk of getting cavities. Fluoride is important. It strengthens teeth.
Thrush is a type of yeast infection which appears as white and red patches on tongue and the inside of cheeks. It may cause a painful burning sensation. Antifungal medication can be prescribed.
Visit the dentist regularly since any sores or problems will be slow to heal. Please call Dr. Hutchins at 970-242-7373 if you have any questions.