How Diabetes Can Affect Your Child’s Teeth
If your child has diabetes, their health is likely at the forefront of your mind. But did you know that diabetes can also have an effect on your child’s teeth?
At Children’s Dental Care, our pediatric dentists have experience in dealing with the oral health effects of diabetes. Here are a few ways your child’s teeth may be affected by this diagnosis.
Please contact our pediatric dental office today with any additional questions or concerns you may have regarding your child's care.
Diabetes & Your Child's Teeth
Increased Risk of Tooth Decay
A common symptom of diabetes is excessive thirst. However, even after your child is diagnosed, you’ll need to make sure they’re drinking enough water to stay hydrated. While it may seem weird to think about, your child needs saliva to wash plaque and food particles off teeth. If your child has chronic dry mouth, they won’t be able to wash away plaque that causes tooth decay and gingivitis.
Dry mouth not only increases your child’s risk of cavities, but aggravates the side effects of diabetes. If your child is prone to dry mouth, tuck a water bottle in their backpack that they can use at school. Our pediatric dentists will also be able to remove plaque from teeth during their dental cleaning, which should occur at least twice per year if your child is at increased risk for cavities.
Does your child complain of bleeding or sore gums? Studies have shown a link between poor blood sugar control and an increased risk of gum disease.is an infection caused by untreated plaque buildup. Diabetes can increase your risk for gum disease by flooding the mouth with enough glucose to help the bacteria found in plaque thrive.
How can I help my child with their oral health?
Your child’s oral health is connected to their overall health. This means that the sooner your child can control blood sugar levels, the sooner their oral health will improve. Once your child sees their primary care physician, your next call should be to our Michigan pediatric dentists.
A teeth cleaning every 6 months will remove plaque and tartar buildup, reducing their risk for gum disease. A dental cleaning will also give our pediatric dentists the opportunity to catch small oral health issues before they worsen. For example, our dentists can start gingivitis treatment at the first sign of gum disease. We may also recommend a fluoride treatment to strengthen tooth enamel.
At home, make sure that your childtwice a day and flosses once daily. Brushing teeth is one of the best ways your child can protect their teeth and gums from plaque buildup. Flossing will also ensure that your child removes plaque hiding in between teeth and along the gum line. If your child doesn’t brush their teeth thoroughly enough, it may help to sing a song. Most dentists say that you should brush teeth for about 2 minutes to remove plaque.
Our pediatric dentists are dedicated to helping your child maintain a healthy smile. To schedule your child’s appointment with one of our pediatric dentists, call Children’s Dental Care in Dearborn, Canton, and Livonia.