Diabetes and Oral Health

Whenever you come into the practice for a dental check-up, Dr Teo will ask you questions about your general health. If you have a serious health condition like diabetes, it’s really important to let Dr Teo know.

You might be curious why a dentist would want to know about a condition like diabetes. The reason is simple: if you have diabetes, your oral health is likely to be affected. Dr Teo will tailor any needed dental treatment with your diagnosis in mind. 

How Does Diabetes Affect Your Teeth and Mouth?

Diabetics are more susceptible to experiencing

  • gum disease
  • tooth decay
  • tooth loss
  • taste impairment
  • reduced saliva (and therefore the discomfort of a dry mouth)
  • slower healing of wounds in the mouth 
  • infections of the mouth such as oral thrush

Diabetes Australia provides comprehensive information on how diabetes affects oral health.

Taking Care of Your Oral Health When You Have Diabetes

Because of her focus on preventive dentistry, Dr Teo will likely recommend a comprehensive preventive dental homecare plan to prevent or minimise the effects of your condition. This may include

  • Thorough daily brushing and flossing (using floss or a floss alternative)
  • Fluoridated toothpaste 
  • Additional fluoride treatments, especially if you are at risk of developing tooth decay
  • A focus on hydration to encourage saliva production. Consuming fluoridated tap water as your primary beverage is ideal.
  • Chewing sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva production
  • A nutritious diet with minimal added sugars
  • A recommendation to avoid using tobacco products.

Please be sure to share your dental health status with your medical practitioner and any specialists you are seeing. This ensures that your entire healthcare team have a comprehensive understanding of this important facet of your health.

Dr Teo is always happy to answer your questions about how to care for your teeth, gums, and mouth if you have diabetes.