9. Red, Swollen, Tender Gums
Diabetes weakens your body’s ability to fight off germs which increases the risk of infection in your gums and even in the bones that hold your teeth in place. One of the early warning signs of diabetes is gums pulling away from your teeth and your teeth becoming loose. You might also develop sores or pus pockets in your gums. Bad breath and a nasty taste in your mouth is also a sign but these are often explained away as bad oral hygiene. In recent years, dentists are needed more than ever. This is due to a worldwide lack of care for oral health. Because it’s so common, people often mistake a diabetes symptom for simple bad oral health. In fact, many unskilled practitioners may mistakenly diagnose your bad breath as a separate symptom.
In most cases, your body has the resources to fight germs inside your oral cavity. Remember how we mentioned that blood sugar hinders the cells’ functioning? This also works for white blood cells, the leukocytes. They are tasked with fighting germs and annihilating any threats. When they aren’t unable to multiply normally, you will see a germ infestation in your mouth. Try washing your teeth more thoroughly and purchase a mouthwash. That way, you can be sure that you are doing everything you can for your health. Also, if your doctor is aware of your care for your mouth, he can brush off any dental symptoms. This leaves him able to look at other options, such as diabetes. Early discovery can always mean much.