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How Diabetes Can Affect Your Child’s Dental Health

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The most common dental disease affecting those living with diabetes is gum disease. Diabetics are at a higher risk for gum disease because of poor blood sugar management. Gum disease can cause a small increase in blood sugar levels, making your child’s diabetes even more difficult to keep under control.

Untreated Diabetes Symptoms

If a child’s diabetes is mismanaged, undetected, or untreated, it can lead to painful symptoms in the mouth. Below are a few symptoms to keep an eye on:

  • Frequent oral infections
  • A receding gum-line
  • Tooth eruption at an early age
  • Dry mouth, which increases the risk of dental cavities
  • Gums that are swollen, red, or bleed easily
  • Oral wounds will take longer to heal

Kids with Diabetes Need to Take Care of Their Teeth

The best way to avoid painful dental symptoms associated with your child’s diabetes is to make sure he or she is practicing good dental hygiene. This should include brushing twice a day for two minutes at a time with fluoride toothpaste. It’s also vital to floss every day and stay hydrated to avoid dry mouth.

Studies have shown that avoiding or treating gum disease can help those with diabetes improve their blood-sugar control. Dr. Naomi Lane can help your child fight gum disease and put together a treatment plan for managing his or her dental health and diabetes.

If you have a child living with diabetes, it’s essential to bring them in for regular dental cleanings and exams. To make an appointment, please contact Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry, our Summerfield pediatric dentist.

Posted on Sep 28, 2020
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