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Diabetes and Mouth Problems: What You Should Know

Diabetes and Mouth Problems continued...

If you have any symptoms of thrush, see your doctor or dentist. You may need to take an antifungal drug to treat it. Avoid smoking, maintain good blood sugar control, and if you wear dentures, remove and clean them daily.

Diabetes also makes dry mouth and problems with healing more likely. A dry mouth can cause soreness and ulcers and lead to cavities and salivary gland infections. If your mouth is dry, try drinking more water or chewing sugar-free gum. You can also use a saliva substitute, which is sold in most drugstores.

If you have problems with healing, it may take longer for your mouth to heal after any type of dental surgery. Healing problems can also raise your chances of infection. Be sure to let your dentist know you have diabetes.

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Reviewed by Michael Dansinger, MD on February 03, 2015
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