If you've recently been diagnosed with Type II diabetes, you probably have numerous questions about how this condition may impact your quality of life as well as your overall health. Fortunately, advances in medical technology mean that Type II diabetes is easier to manage than ever before if it's caught in the early stages — and in some cases, it may even be possible to reverse it with the right combination of diet and exercise. However, it's important to keep in mind that those with high blood sugar also are at risk of developing certain dental disorders. Following are just three of the oral health issues that those with Type II diabetes may face.
You May Be at Higher Risk of Developing Gum Disease
High blood sugar results in less blood flow to certain areas of the body. You may already know that people with Type II diabetes experience issues with their feet due to diminished blood flow to the tissues in that area, but blood flow to the gums is also decreased, which makes it more likely that you'll develop infections in the gum tissues. Always be aware for any signs of abnormalities, such as bleeding gums, soreness, and inflammation. Bad breath may be another sign of gum disease.
High Blood Sugar Levels May Cause Lack of Saliva
High blood sugar is also known to inhibit saliva production, and this can create a variety of issues with the potential to negatively affect your dental health. Saliva was designed by nature to help keep your teeth, gums, tongue, and general interior mouth area clean, and without it, you're at increased risk of developing plaque and bacteria buildup. Plaque and bacteria buildup will result in increased chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease.
Dental Implants May Not Be a Good Choice for You
Another possible dental health problem that you may face with Type II diabetes is that you may not be a good candidate for dental implants in the event that some or all of your teeth need to be replaced. The main reason for this is that diabetes makes it so that you'll experience a longer healing time after implant surgery is performed — and this will make it more likely that the area will become infected.
Your dentist will be able to provide you with more information on maintaining the best possible dental health while dealing with Type II diabetes.