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Patient Education

Diabetes and Your Mouth

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Diabetes affects the blood chemistry and metabolism of its victims, threatening them with multiple serious disorders. But early detection can ward off the dangers, and we dentists are often the first to notice clues.

Diabetics are more likely than others to develop tooth decay, periodontal (gum) disease, fungal infections, dry mouth, impaired taste, inflammatory skin disease, delayed healing and infections. Many diabetics have to come in for dental checkups more often than everyone else.

How You Can Aid in Prevention

Schedule dental appointments for mid-mornings. If a local anesthetic is needed, ask how long your mouth will feel numb. We may use a shorter-acting anesthetic so you won’t need to postpone a meal.

Don’t chew anything while your mouth is still numb to avoid injury. If necessary, switch to liquids temporarily. We may prescribe an antibiotic to help prevent infection after a procedure. If healing or glucose level problems arise after your appointment, call us or your diabetes healthcare team immediately.

Tell us…

  • If you have diabetes
  • If it’s under control
  • If your medical history has changed in other ways
  • The names of all your prescription and over-the-counter medications

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