PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What dental problems can be caused by diabetes?

ANSWER

  • Dry mouth, which can lead to soreness, ulcers, infections, and tooth decay.
  • Gum inflammation
  • Thrush, a fungal infection of the mouth and tongue. The fungus thrives on the high levels of sugar in the saliva of people with uncontrolled diabetes. It can give your mouth and tongue a burning feeling.

From: Diabetes and Dental Care WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: "Prevent diabetes problems: Keep your teeth and gums healthy." American College of Periodontology: "Mouth Body Connection."


American Dental Association. 

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on August 15, 2017

SOURCES: National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: "Prevent diabetes problems: Keep your teeth and gums healthy." American College of Periodontology: "Mouth Body Connection."


American Dental Association. 

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on August 15, 2017

NEXT QUESTION:

How should people with diabetes care for their teeth?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

"ALEXA, ASK WEBMD"

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.

    Other Answers On: