Beware! Diabetes can trigger oral infection

According to dentists, inflammation of gums, white and red patches and weakening of gums due to reduction of blood supply are among various oral problems caused by diabetes.  

Updated: May 01, 2016, 21:55 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Medical experts suggest that diabetes can lead to various oral infections.The number of diabetes cases in India are on the rise due to various reasons so it becomes important to take care of oral hygiene.

According to dentists, inflammation of gums, white and red patches and weakening of gums due to reduction of blood supply are among various oral problems caused by diabetes.

"People with poorly controlled diabetes are at greater risk of dental problems. They are more likely to have infection in their gums and the bones that hold their teeth in place, because diabetes can reduce blood supply to the gums," said Pradeep Gadge of Dr Gadge's Diabetes Centre.

Observing that high blood sugar may also cause dry mouth and make gum disease worse, Gadge said: "Less saliva can allow more tooth-decaying bacteria and plaque build-up.

"With good blood sugar control and dental care, one can avoid these problems. Diabetes basically reduces blood supply to the gums."

(With IANS inputs)