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What are the risks of diabetes-associated dry mouth?

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Saliva makes the enzymes that attack bacteria. Without it, bacteria grow unchecked.

Dry mouth can lead not only to sores and ulcers but also to even more tooth decay and gum disease.

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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