A recent study concluded that 6 warning signs of diabetes may appear in the mouth, and while symptoms of the disease often do not appear early, the main signs that can be noticed usually include extreme thirst and an increased need to urinate, and there may also be warning signs that appear. On the skin, in addition to other signs that appear in the mouth.
Dr Radwan Mahmoud, a dentist from Ruh Dental in London, said checking your mouth regularly while brushing can help you diagnose diabetes early. “If you notice anything untoward, consult your dentist,” he added.
Mahmoud presented a group of variables that we may notice in the mouth that could indicate diabetes, and there are 6 main signs in your mouth that you should pay attention to:
Same fruity scent
Gum swelling and redness
Tooth decay and loss
Dr. Mahmoud said that diabetics are more likely to develop gum disease, which can be more dangerous for these patients, explaining that this symptom means inflammation of the gums and bone around the teeth, according to the British newspaper “The Sun”.
And the easy way to find out is by flossing: If flossing between your teeth causes bleeding, you may have gum disease, and the doctor explained that gum disease can also cause bad breath, and even tooth loss.
Although gum disease may be a sign of diabetes, it may also be the result of not brushing your teeth properly.
And the National Health Service (NHS) says that gum disease is caused by the accumulation of plaque on the teeth, what is known as plaque, and if you do not remove it from your teeth by brushing your teeth regularly, it accumulates and irritates the gums.
Diabetes can cause dry mouth due to lack of saliva. Saliva helps control bacteria levels, as well as balancing and washing away acids from around the teeth and gums.
Mahmoud explained that dry mouth can lead to many oral problems, including ulcers and tooth decay.
He added that this also exposes patients to oral thrush (white or yellow patches on the mucous membranes of the mouth) because it can affect the way the body fights infections.
Fruity breath is another major sign of diabetes. Experts at the NHS describe breath as “fruity” with a scent like pears or nail polish.
“This is known as diabetic ketoacidosis, which is a serious and life-threatening condition, where the blood sugar level gets so high that it starts to turn acidic,” Mahmoud explained.
It can sometimes affect people who do not have diabetes, but usually only those with a serious illness, such as those who have recently had a stroke or heart attack, or have had a severe infection.
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