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Hyperglycemia

Hyperglycemia is known as high blood sugar and occurs when the body has too little insulin or doesn’t use enough insulin. The symptoms of hyperglycemia are high blood glucose levels, high levels of sugar in the urine, frequent urination, dry mouth and an increase in thirst. It is important to see your physician to have a complete blood workup to assist in determining treatment. Hyperglycemia also affects the oral cavity by causing an increase in the risk of infections.

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