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What You Need to Know About Diabetes and Dental Health

Now that Diabetes Awareness Month is here, it is a good time to learn about how diabetes plays a role in oral health. If you are someone with diabetes in Corpus Christi, TX then you are well aware of the many complications associated with your disease. What you may not be aware of is how it correlates with the health of your mouth.


Oral Health Complications

People who have diabetes with less control of their blood sugar have a higher risk of developing issues with their oral health. Poor management of blood sugar levels can heighten your susceptibility to periodontal disease, gingivitis, fungus growth, and dry mouth. The main risk is periodontal disease. At severe stages, periodontal diseases can result in painful chewing and tooth loss.


Symptoms to Watch Out For
If you have diabetes and have trouble keeping your blood sugar levels down, you should keep an eye on your symptoms to catch any oral health complications. Signs to keep track of include:

  • Swollen, red, and bleeding gums
  • Constant bad breath
  • Dry mouth
  • Burning feeling inside the mouth
  • Sores or ulcers
  • Pain in your face, mouth, or jaw
  • Loosening teeth
  • Painful chewing

If you notice any of these symptoms, you may want to receive an evaluation from Dr. Tilman Richards.


Prevention and Treatment
The first step to preventing oral health problems due to diabetes is keeping your blood sugar levels as low as possible. This is the best defense against periodontal disease. You will also want to maintain regular check ups with a dentist. Consistent cleanings and evaluations will effectively prevent and detect any problems with your mouth.


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Make an appointment with Dr. Richards if you would like to discuss your oral health and receive an examination. Keeping track of your oral health is crucial for everyone, especially if you have diabetes. Put yourself first by prioritizing your health.

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