Many of the early symptoms of diabetes are hidden, making it difficult to diagnose. In fact, it is estimated that around a third of people with diabetes have not yet been diagnosed with the disease. But the dentist can help! This is because diabetic patients have high levels of glucose, which means they will often have problems with their teeth and gums. Typical problems for diabetic patients are:
- Sore and/or loose teeth
- Mouth ulcers
- Dry mouth
- Tooth decay
Diabetes patients who are in control of their disease are less likely to have the above problems. Therefore, by looking at your dental and oral problems early on, your dentist can diagnose diabetes.