Type 1 Diabetes and Oral Health

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic, lifelong disease that is typically diagnosed in children and teenagers. If the blood glucose levels aren’t controlled properly, the risk of developing gum and teeth problems increases for them. A few oral health problems associated with Type 1 Diabetes are thrush, dry mouth, cavities and more. 

The common symptoms displayed with children and diabetes are as followed:

  • Thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Frequent urination
  • Changes in vision
  • Fruity/sweet-smelling breath.

Preventing Dental Complications Linked to Diabetes 
The first step keeping the child’s blood glucose level under control. If blood sugar is high, the sugar can appear in the saliva. Sugar is a breeding ground for bacteria, which can cause gum disease and other oral health problems.

According to the American Dental Association, it’s recommended to brush teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste because that helps protect the teeth against tooth decay Flossing at least once a day is recommended as well because it helps remove the plaque and food particles between the teeth. Lastly, make sure to make a trip to the dentist twice a year to ensure there are no problems arising with the teeth and/or gums. Be sure to notify the dentist that your child has diabetes so that they can check the mouth for swollen gums, dry patches, bleeding and more.

If you're looking for a gentle children's dentist, contact the team at Children's Dental Specialists today. 

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