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Diabetes affects your whole body including your teeth and gums. The effect is even greater when your blood sugar is not well controlled, making it harder to fight bacterial infections.
If your high blood sugar is not well controlled, you may have more plaque bacteria than most people. This can put you at a greater risk for oral health problems. Plaque is a clear, sticky layer of bacteria that forms on teeth. If it is not removed, it can lead to tooth decay and infections, such as the gum disease gingivitis.
Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease. It is caused by a buildup of plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) on the teeth, along the gum line. If you have diabetes, it is harder for your body to control plaque bacteria. That is why people with diabetes are 3 to 4 times more likely to get gum disease.
Be sure to see your dental professional if you have any of these symptoms:
- Red gums
- Swollen or tender gums
- Gums that bleed easily
Diabetes and Periodontal disease
If gingivitis is left untreated, it can progress into periodontitis. This is a more serious form of gum disease. Over time, it can cause your gums to pull away from your teeth, causing teeth to become loose.
Poor oral health can affect diabetes, too. If you have an infection like gingivitis or periodontitis, it can affect your blood sugar. That's why it's vital to practice good oral care habits at home and use a toothpaste and mouthwash designed to fight plaque and gingivitis – excellent care can help protect your oral health, as well as manage your diabetes.
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A burning discomfort in the mouth is not uncommon and can be associated with a number of disorders when present in combination with other symptoms. However, up to 15% of patients may experience a burning sensation in the mouth despite the absence of other visible symptoms. This is classified as Burning Mouth Syndrome.
Causes
Despite there being no visible evidence of the condition, psychological problems such as emotional stress, anxiety and depression, hormonal deficiencies have all been identified as possible contributors of burning mouth syndrome.
Symptoms
- Chronic burning sensation on tongue, hard palate, lips or surface of the mouth between the gums and lips
- A dry mouth sensation
- Tingling sensation causing discomfort
- Altered taste and/or smell
Burning mouth syndrome is diagnosed by exclusion of other factors that may cause oral burning. Factors may include medications, Type 2 Diabetes, allergies and vitamin deficiencies amongst others.
Treatment and remedies
The first step in burning mouth syndrome treatment is to remove any local contributing factors such as infections, oral products and spicy foods. Alcohol-free dental products with low additives and minimal flavoring are recommended, as are sugar-free candies and gum, and non-caffeinated beverages. Therapies including stress management, yoga and moderate exercise have also been found to help decrease pain intensity.
Despite being benign, burning mouth syndrome can be debilitating, and so it is recommended that you visit your dental professional if you are suffering from any form of oral burning.
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We are in Hidden Valley Dental Group Office creating beautiful smiles.
Call and schedule an appointment (951) 736-8120.
http://www.hiddenvalleydentalgroup.com
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Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums (gingiva). It commonly occurs because of films of bacteria that accumulate on the teeth - plaque; this type is called plaque-induced gingivitis. Gingivitis is a non-destructive type of periodontal disease. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, which is more serious and can eventually lead to loss of teeth.
A patient with gingivitis will have red and puffy gums, and they will most likely bleed when they brush their teeth. Generally, gingivitis resolves with good oral hygiene - longer and more frequent brushing, as well as flossing. Some people find that using an antiseptic mouthwash, alongside proper tooth brushing and flossing also helps.
In mild cases of gingivitis, patients may not even know they have it, because symptoms are mild. However, the condition should be taken seriously and addressed immediately.
Signs and symptoms of gingivitis may include:
* Gums are bright red or purple
* Gums are tender, and sometimes painful to the touch
* Gums bleed easily when brushing teeth or flossing
* Halitosis (bad breath)
* Inflammation (swollen gums)
* Receding gums
* Soft gums
We are in Hidden Valley Dental Group Office Happy to check all your concerns about your smile.
Call and schedule an appointment (951) 736-8120.
http://www.hiddenvalleydentalgroup.com
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The veterans of our military services have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy. They have dedicated their lives to their country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment. Thank you.
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Types of #decay:
i. #Rootdecay
ii.Smooth-surface decay
iii.Pit and fissure decay
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#NightGuard: A device similar to a retainer which separates the #teeth and often relaxes the #muscles which position the #jaw.
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