Home Health Type 2 diabetes: Noticed a substance on your teeth? Lesser-known sign of...

Type 2 diabetes: Noticed a substance on your teeth? Lesser-known sign of high blood sugar


Type 2 diabetes would seem benign were it not for the threat of rising blood sugar levels – the main sugar found in blood. It is an important source of energy and provides nutrients to the body but having too much of it can inflict damage on the vessels that supply blood to vital organs, thereby increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke. A person’s mouth can hold many clues to their overall health and if noticing a build-up of plaque on the teeth it could signal high blood sugar levels.

Diabetes affects a person’s ability to process sugar.

All food which is eaten is then turned to sugar and used for energy.

In Type 2 diabetes, the body stops responding to insulin which results in high blood sugar levels, which can cause problems with one’s eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and other parts of your body.

A build-up of plaque on the teeth could be an early sign your blood sugar levels are too high.

READ MORE: Type 2 diabetes: Is your hair beginning to look a certain way? Sign of high blood sugars

What are the dangers of plaque build-up?

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease said: “Plaque that is not removed hardens over time into tartar and collects above your gum line.

“Tartar makes it more difficult to brush and clean between your teeth.

“Your gums become red and swollen, and bleed easily – signs of unhealthy or inflamed gums, called gingivitis.

“When gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to gum disease called periodontitis.

“In periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth and form spaces, called pockets, which slowly become infected.”

To reduce your risk of any teeth issues its strongly advised for one to monitor their blood sugar levels and follow your doctor’s instructions for keeping your blood sugar level within your target range.

The better you control your blood sugars, the less likely you are to develop gingivitis and other dental problems.

Brush your teeth in the morning, at night and, ideally, after meals and snacks.

Experts advise using a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride and to avoid vigorous or harsh scrubbing, which can irritate the gums.

How to naturally lower your blood sugar levels

Physical exercise helps lower your blood sugar level – you should aim for 2.5 hours of activity a week, says the NHS.

You can be active anywhere as long as what you’re doing gets you out of breath.

This could be:

Fast walking

Climbing stairs

Doing more strenuous housework or gardening.



LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

Family of Publix employee, 70, who died after catching COVID-19 from a colleague sues company

Gerardo Gutierrez, 70, a deli worker at a Publix supermarket in Miami Beach, died in April...

Chris Sutton and Nobby Stiles son slam the PFA's dementia claims as fake news

Sportsmail's Chris Sutton and John Stiles, son of England World Cup winner Nobby, have slammed the Professional Footballers' Association, branding comments from the...

High cholesterol: Pain in hands or feet could be an indication your levels are too high

To reduce your cholesterol, try to cut down on fatty food, especially food that contains a type of fat called saturated fat.Saturated fat...

Cuomo WON'T shut all of NYC for neighborhoods with Covid outbreaks

Cuomo says he won't shut down all of New York City if only some neighborhoods have COVID problems despite Mayor Bill de Blasio...

Recent Comments