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Does diabetes cause slow healing time and what does that mean for oral health?

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You may have noticed that wounds and infections take longer to heal. That’s a byproduct of both diabetes and aging.

At the same time, your risk of infection goes up. That, plus slower healing, means that if something does go wrong with your gums or teeth, it’ll take longer to get better. What's more, it might worsen more quickly.

This can also be a problem after dental surgery.

From: How to Keep Your Mouth Healthy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mouth Healthy: "5 Ways Diabetes Can Affect Your Mouth."

American Diabetes Association: "Oral Health and Hygiene."

American Academy of Oral Medicine: "Diabetes Mellitus."

Sally Cram, DDS, consumer advisor, American Dental Association; periodontist, Washington, DC.

Harvard Medical School: "The aging mouth - and how to keep it younger."

Mouth Healthy: "Diabetes and Your Smile."

International Diabetes Federation: "Oral health for people with diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "Gum disease and plaque."

CDC: "Take Charge of Your Diabetes."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

SOURCES:

Mouth Healthy: "5 Ways Diabetes Can Affect Your Mouth."

American Diabetes Association: "Oral Health and Hygiene."

American Academy of Oral Medicine: "Diabetes Mellitus."

Sally Cram, DDS, consumer advisor, American Dental Association; periodontist, Washington, DC.

Harvard Medical School: "The aging mouth - and how to keep it younger."

Mouth Healthy: "Diabetes and Your Smile."

International Diabetes Federation: "Oral health for people with diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "Gum disease and plaque."

CDC: "Take Charge of Your Diabetes."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

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