Health Tip: Diabetes Can Take a Toll on Teeth and Mouth

Here's how it can affect pearly whites

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(HealthDay News) -- Diabetes, especially when uncontrolled, can cause damage to your mouth and teeth.

The Mouthhealthy.org website says possible effects of diabetes on the teeth and mouth include:

  • Dry mouth, due to decreased saliva production.
  • Increased risk of cavities due to less saliva.
  • Gingivitis, characterized by bleeding, inflamed gums.
  • Difficulty tasting food.
  • Slower healing of mouth wounds.
  • Increased risk of infection.
  • Among diabetic children. teeth emerging earlier than expected.

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