Can dental problems cause your bloodsugar to be elivated?
You ask an excellent question – and the answer is yes! People with diabetes are more likely to have dental and oral health problems compared to people without diabetes. This is because high blood glucose levels tend to increase the risk for dry mouth, gum (periodontal) disease, tooth decay and even tooth loss. In turn, gum disease, which is actually an infection, may make it harder to control blood glucose levels. Also, any type of dental procedure, like a root canal, for example, puts stress on the body, which may also lead to higher glucose levels. The key is to try and prevent dental problems in the first place. You can do this by getting regular dental checkups (at least twice a year), brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day, stopping smoking (if you smoke), and aiming to keep your A1C and blood glucose as close to your targets as possible. If you find that your blood glucose levels tend to rise after having dental procedures, talk to your healthcare provider about steps that you can take (such as adjusting your diabetes medicine) to help better manage them.