Diabetes and Dental Health: Part 4 – Infection and Cold Sores

young man showing cold sore - Poor blood sugar control can cause slow healing, especially or cold sores

With so many Canadians struggling with diabetes, this blog series on Diabetes and Dental Health, is providing a few tips on what to look for and some answers as to what you might do to help.

 

Obviously, the importance of brushing, flossing, and keeping your blood sugar under control is number one on the list. But there may be diabetic signs and symptoms that you have questions about.

 

Thrush

Thrush

For instance, many diabetics report issues with their ability to fight off infection. One of the most common infections that affect the mouth for diabetics is called “thrush”. This is seen often in babies or those who wear dentures, as well.   But, thrush is a form of yeast infection caused by the higher sugar-content in your saliva.

Should you experience this condition, you need to let you doctor or dentist know right away so they can prescribe the proper treatment for you.

 

Have you ever noticed a cold sore or a cut in your mouth that doesn’t quite seem to want to go away? This can be another way diabetes may affect your mouth. Poor control of blood sugar can keep injuries from healing quickly and properly. If you have something in your mouth that you feel isn’t healing as it should, see your dentist.

 

The most important part of this series is to make you aware of things to look for if you have diabetes.

 

If you think you have any infections in your mouth or have sores that won’t heal; or any of the other symptoms mentioned before, be sure to call your dentist and schedule an appointment.

 

In addition to providing tips through these posts, we’re also pleased to offer a FREE report that offers important dental information. Why not get your copy now? The Consumer’s Guide to Straighter, Whiter Teeth is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.

 

If you need further information, want to make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at Airdrie Springs Dentist at 587 317 4161 or click here to visit our website.