How can my diabetes affect my oral health

shutterstock_96792142Diabetes can have a detrimental effect on many aspects of your body, including your mouth. Studies have shown that those with diabetes are more prone to caries (tooth decay), dry mouth, periodontal disease (gum disease), delayed healing and more. The more uncontrolled the diabetes, the more prevalent these issues become. Some of these conditions aren’t necessarily obvious until it may be too late, which is why it is important to consult regularly with both your medical doctor and dentist. In addition, some diseases such as diabetes can present with signs and symptoms in the oral cavity even before a diagnosis of the disease is made. Therefore, regular dental hygiene visits and dental examinations are an important part in maintaining your overall health.

Dr. Daniel Nosyk, B Sc. D.M.D.