Protecting Your Mouth from Diabetes
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Did you know there are hundreds of different germs inhabiting our mouths, which can cause more than just bad breath?
Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, bringing you Healthy Moments from the NIH. I’m the Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Although teeth and gum problems can happen to anyone, they can be even worse for people with diabetes. High blood sugar can cause bacteria to grow in the mouth, which can lead to a build up of plaque.
That build up can lead to an infection called Periodontitis. Red, sore, and bleeding gums are the first sign of the infection, but there may be no sign at all.
To keep your mouth healthy, brush and floss every day, get regular dental exams, and call your dentist if you have any problems. Make sure that your dentist knows that you have diabetes.
And for more tips, visit our web site, yourdiabetesinfo.org or majic1023.com. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers. Join me next week for more “Healthy Moments.”
Page last updated: July 06, 2009