Diabetes and Oral Health

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There are many challenges for parents and kids alike when a child is diagnosed with diabetes, from maintaining medications for blood sugar levels to keeping up with day-to-day activities.

Children who are diagnosed with diabetes are two times more likely to develop gum disease compared to other kids and adults. This is because diabetes makes fighting bacterial infections difficult, causing potential problems for their smile. If gum disease is left untreated, it can lead to tooth sensitivity, damage to the bone tissue around the teeth, and may eventually lead to tooth loss.

If your child has been diagnosed with diabetes, it is important to teach them to take extra care of their teeth at home and with regular dentist visits.

Here are some tips on how to take that extra measure protecting your teeth from problems caused by diabetes.

  • Brush and floss twice daily.
  • Use mouthwash every 12 hours and after eating or drinking.
  • Talk to your dentist about specially formulated toothpaste that can help prevent gingivitis.
  • Pediatric dental appointments every 6 months.

You should contact us if your child has any of the following oral symptoms:

  • Red, puffy, and/or bleeding gums.
  • Gums that are pulling away from the teeth.
  • Constant bad breath and/or a bad taste in their mouth.
  • Less saliva, causing the mouth to feel dry.
  • Problems tasting food.
  • Infections inside of the mouth.

If your child follows the above oral health tips while living with diabetes, then they will have a better chance of not having dental problems when they become an adult.