Diabetes and dental health

Today, as every 14th November, World Diabetes Day is celebrated, the aim of which is to raise awareness about this disease. From our clinic we have pointed out on several occasions the relationship established between diabetes and dental health, especially in relation to periodontal disease, but we believe it is necessary, once again this year, to recall a series of interesting points:

  • Diabetes can lead to dry mouth, which, given the importance of saliva in regulating our oral health (which you can read about here), requires extra care.
  • Sugar levels, if elevated in the blood, also remain elevated in the saliva, leading to an increased risk of tooth decay.
  • In turn, these high sugar levels can lead to a weakening of white blood cells, which are responsible for fighting infections in our mouths.
  • Your gums are at greater risk of inflammation (and therefore bleeding) than those of non-diabetics.

It is important to visit the dentist regularly to prevent any problems that may occur, and it is also important to inform them that you are diabetic, although most dental clinics usually ask.