- Diabetes is a common disease among Australians, affecting almost 1.5 million people.
- The first signs and symptoms of diabetes can occur in the mouth, so paying attention to your oral health can also lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment.
- People with diabetes have a higher risk of tooth and gum problems.
Which are some of the diabetes-related oral health problems?
- Gum abscesses
- Tooth decay
- Fungal infections such as thrush
- Lichen planus: white or red patches on the skin of the mouth, which can result in discomfort and ulcers
- Taste disturbances
- A dry, burning mouth (low saliva levels)
How to Prevent These Conditions?
- Have a diet low in sugar.
- Brush teeth using a soft toothbrush with a pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste twice a day.
- Floss or clean between teeth each day (toothpicks are not recommended)
- Use a mouthwash if recommended by your dentist.
- Have your teeth and gums checked and cleaned by a dentist once or twice a year (unless they recommend otherwise).
- Avoid smoking.
Do you want to know more about diabetes and how it is related to your oral health?
Come to Providence Medical and Dental – Belmont and speak to Dr Manu Walker.