People with uncontrolled diabetes are more prone to oral disorders such as
dry mouth( xerostomia )
painless swelling of the parotid salivary glands on both sides of the face(sialosis)
yeast or fungal infection(oral candidosis) and
inflammatory condition that affects mucous membranes inside your mouth (oral lichen planus)
They are two to three times more likely to develop periodontal disease,the most widely noted manifestation of diabetes mellitus. How severe the disease is depends on how long blood glucose levels are uncontrolled and not on how long they have had diabetes.
An unhealthy mouth, especially if you have gum disease, may increase your risk of serious health problems such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes and preterm labor.
Inflammation that starts in the mouth seems to weaken the body’s ability to control blood sugar.
Good oral health is strongly dependent on attitudes and personal behaviour, habits at home and dental visits…
Early detection and treatment of dental caries, periodontal disease and other diseases will protect from harmful oral complications associated with diabetes.
"Periodontal disease worsens the diabetes while high blood sugar provides ideal conditions for infection to grow, including gum infections.
To protect your oral health, practice good oral hygiene every day. For example:
- Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if bristles are frayed.
- Schedule regular dental checkups.Also, contact your dentist as soon as an oral health problem arises.