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Does Diabetes Increase the Risk of Gum Disease

The risk of gum disease which is also referred to as periodontitis is increased by more than three times when a person has diabetes. While earlier the risk of gum problems was more prevalent among diabetic people aged above 40 years, it is now found even in children below 18 years who are suffering from Type 1 diabetes. If your child suffers from diabetes, it is a good idea to take him or her to your dentist in Apex as soon as possible.

Diabetes can lead to varying oral problems like xerostomia and candida along with periodontitis. The most common reason behind dental problems among diabetic people is related to thicker blood vessels that's a unique complication of this disease. The thick blood vessels of a diabetic slow down the flow of nutrients into his mouth which increases leads to manifestations of germs and growth of harmful wastes with them mouth leading to early gum disease.

Cavities in children  

Youngsters without any health issues tend to have healthier teeth than diabetic children as their teeth tend to develop cavities faster due to presences of high glucose in their saliva which adds to sweets or chocolates when consumed.

Thrush

This infection is caused by fungi which thrives on saliva with high glucose levels. If a diabetic person is a smoker or is wearing dentures it will be difficult to have a clean mouth all the time which can lead to easy build-up of fungal infection. However, if you are able to keep your diabetes under control and avoid smoking then you can prevent building up thrush in the mouth. Bacteria that thrive on sugary substances also manifest themselves in a poorly controlled diabetic’s mouth as high level of glucose in the mouth helps germs grow.

 

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