6 Oral Problems You Can Face If You Have Diabetes

6 Oral Problems You Can Face If You Have Diabetes

Oral Health Care and Diabetes

Oral complications in a patient suffering from diabetes mellitus can be devastating. These may include periodontitis, gingivitis, candidiasis, dental caries, tooth loss, lichen planus, neurosensory disorders(burning mouth syndrome), salivary gland dysfunction and xerostomia and taste impairment.


  • Periodontal disease:- It is well documented that periodontal disease is one of the main reason for tooth loss among individuals with diabetes. Also, severe periodontitis may increase the risk of poor glycemic control.
  • Salivary gland dysfunction:- salivary function is very important for the maintenance of oral and systemic health. Reduced salivary function leads to dry mouth (xerostomia), which eventually cause dental caries due to reduced buffering action of saliva.
  • Dental caries:- It is very important to know that patients with Diabetes mellitus are susceptible to other oral conditions, such as periodontitis, salivary gland disorders as already discussed above.
  • Oral mucosal disease:- Diabetes is also associated with the development of certain oral soft tissue lesions. These associations may be due to chronic immunosuppression, delayed healing and/or salivary gland dysfunction.
  • Neuropathy consequences in the oral cavity:- A common complaint among Diabetes mellitus patients is burning mouth syndrome in which usually clinical and laboratory findings are absent. Taste impairment has also been associated with the development of obesity and has been reported during diabetes.



To help prevent damage to your teeth and gums, take diabetes and dental care seriously:

Commit to managing your diabetes. Monitor your blood sugar level and follow your doctor’s instructions for keeping your blood sugar within your target range.

Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Ideally brushing should be done after meals and snacks also apart from morning and night.

Use a soft-bristled brush and toothpaste that contains fluoride.

Floss your teeth at least once a day. It helps remove plaque between your teeth and under the gum line.

Schedule regular dental visits. Visit your best dental clinic at least twice a year for professional cleanings, X-rays and checkups.

Make sure your dentist knows that you have diabetes.



We at DENTAL PLANET, employ specialized types of equipment and technologies to overcome the hindrances caused by various medical conditions including diabetes mellitus.

Tooth extractions:-

DRY SOCKET is the main complication which might occur after tooth extraction. Delayed healing is the underlying cause of this condition. It is in our practice to take care of the well being of our patients.

To overcome these complications we have the facility of PRF(Platelet-rich fibrin) technology during extractions which helps in better healing of the wound
and underlying bone.

We also have a BONE GRAFTING technique which is used in our regular practice.

Tooth rehabilitation procedures:-

Before planning any kind of surgery we ensure the blood sugar level is under control. We ask our patients to get their recent blood sugar reports along with them otherwise we have our in house glucometer so that we can check blood sugar level chairside.

We, at DENTAL PLANET, use the best technologies for implant surgery which is globally accepted. There is a range of BIOLOGICALLY ACTIVE implants designed especially for diabetics. These implants have properties of enhancing the healing after the surgery. Normally 3-4 months are required for proper and complete healing but with these implants, it is possible within 1-2 months.


We also take sterilization procedures very seriously to avoid any kind of
cross infections because we understand the seriousness of the consequences occurring in Diabetes mellitus.


There no injudicious use of antibiotics in our practice. Overuse of antibiotics may lead to fulminating infection in diabetes. And we advise our patient to visit our clinic for regular checkups and a professional cleaning to avoid later consequences which might occur.



Some of the commonly encountered questions by our patients suffering from diabetes mellitus in DENTAL PLANET:

Can we get our dental treatment done if I have diabetes?

It depends. If you have controlled diabetes you can surely go for nearly all dental treatment. In cases of uncontrolled diabetes, blood-related procedures are avoided.

Can I get my tooth extracted if I am diabetic?

In controlled diabetes mellitus cases, extraction of a tooth can be easily done. Some complications may arise in uncontrolled diabetes.

Do I require cleaning more often?

Very much. We advise that a clinical evaluation is necessary for every 3 months in patients who are suffering from diabetes.

Can I safely go for implant surgery?

We at DENTAL PLANET recommend a complete haemogram of the patient undergoing surgery.

Are medicines which are provided by doctors after treatment safe?

Antibiotic coverage is very important especially in diabetic patients so avoid infections and definitely, it is safe.

How often should I visit the dental clinic?

Regular follow-ups are very important in diabetes mellitus cases. So it is advised to visit us once in every 3 months.


Reasons to Change your Toothbrush

Most common mistakes that our patients do is to change their toothbrush regularly. We believe that you should change your toothbrush every three months. Because,

  • Toothbrushes just simply wear out.
  • It is often worn enough to be replaced before it looks worn.
  • Bristles breakdown and lose their effectiveness.
  • Worn and fractured bristles, though not visible to naked eye are breeding ground for germs & bacteria.
  • Worn toothbrush can cause damage to the gum tissues.
  • Worn toothbrush can also roughen the enamel causing tooth wear.
  • Change your toothbrush after having cold/flu.


Myths about Root Canal Treatment

Afraid of RCTs?

Here are some myths busted about your tooth’s life saving
procedure, i.e. Root Canal Treatment

Myth: “Root Canal Treatment is painful”
Fact: Actually, RCT relieves pain, because of modern technologies
and painless anesthetics, most patients will describes the procedure
as “painless”

Myth: “Root Canal Treatment causes illness”
Fact: There is no scientific evidence that connects Root Canal
Treatment and diseases.

Myth: “The better alternative to Root Canal Treatment is tooth
Fact: Saving your natural teeth is better option. You can never
really replace a natural tooth. While most artificial teeth do not last
lifetime, requiring multiple visits, a perfectly done Root Canal
can last lifetime.

Myth: “A Root Canal Treatment kills the tooth”
Fact: Root Canal Treatment actually clean and disinfect the inside
of a tooth. It allows it to heal rather than damaging it even further.

Myth: “Root Canal Treatment can take forever and you need multiple
Fact: Because of new technologies, Root Canal Treatment can be
done within few hours. Appointments only depend upon the severity
of the damage


Dental Care During Pregnancy

Planning for a baby? Visit a dentist first…!! Why? Here are a few tips to take care of your dental health before, during and after pregnancy..

We advise you to visit your dentist for a routine dental check up, fillings, cleaning and x rays before you plan for a baby, because during pregnancy, it is difficult for patient and dentist both to do certain dental treatments and we are unable to prescribe you many meditations as they are contraindicated during pregnancy. X-rays are also contraindicated as it is harmful for the foetus.

Gum problems can occur during pregnancy due to hormonal changes which should be addressed accordingly with the concern
from your gynecologist. If left untreated, can lead to pre-term or low birth weight infant.

You should avoid self medications for your dental problems as it can affect your baby. Dental Procedures are safe during second trimester (i.e. 4-6 months)