Diabetes is a disease in which the body becomes deficient or resistant to insulin. Since diabetes takes a toll on the body it can also have an effect on mouth.
For Diabetic patients it is important to watch for bleeding gums. This is because bleeding gums can introduce bacteria into the blood stream. High Insulin Levels Can Lead To: Arteries hardening Constriction of the small blood vessels. Which does not allow enough oxygen and nutrients to make sure the tissue surrounding the teeth are healthy.
Periodontitus disease can progress faster in diabetics which can result in abscesses, tooth mobility, bone loss and eventually tooth loss. Recovery time in diabetics is increased because of the lack of oxygen, lack of nutrients and the constriction of the blood vessels because there is not enough building blocks to repair tissue at a normal healthy rate.
Products Recommended for Patients with Diabetes:
Biotene, Xylitol, Act
People with poorly controlled diabetes are at greater risk for dental problems and are more likely to have infections of their gums and the bones that hold their teeth in place. This is because diabetes can reduce the blood supply to the gums. High blood sugar may also cause dry mouth and make gum disease worse. In fact according to the ADA 1 in 5 people that have total tooth loss have been linked to diabetes.