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How does diabetes affect oral health?

It may surprise you to learn those with diabetes can be more susceptible to gum disease.

That’s because diabetes can make a person more prone to bacterial infection in general. With the most severe form of gum disease also known as periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth, leaving pockets which are more susceptible to infection. 

Untreated, this infection can penetrate the bone around the teeth, resulting in movement, problems with alignment, loosening, and in extreme cases can lead to teeth falling out or needing to be removed.

Beyond making a person more susceptible to gum disease, diabetes also has the potential to affect blood glucose control, thus contributing to the further progression of the condition. 

A separate oral problem associated with diabetes is dry mouth, which can lead to soreness, ulcers, infections and cavities.

Any kind of oral health problem with diabetes needs to be taken seriously. While monitoring and controlling your blood glucose level is vital, so is adhering to a regular, at-home oral health routine. Because of our commitment to offering individualised care, at iSmile Studio our empathetic team will work with you to develop a routine that best suits you and your lifestyle.

We will also schedule regular check-up appointments every three-to-six months to ensure we are keeping a close eye on what’s happening in your mouth. That way, we can identify and treat problems early, before they escalate.

Let’s talk

iSmile Studio in Balwyn is located at
1/92 Balwyn Rd.

Call us today on
(03) 9888 5677.

If you need advice on diabetes and dental care in Melbourne, or require support with any other aspect of your oral health, we’d love to chat. Rest assured, we are here to listen and to understand. We are committed to taking the time to examine, diagnose and comprehensively plan your treatment, for an everlasting smile!