Does diabetes put me at any special risk for oral health problems?
Diabetics are twice as likely to have gum and bone disease as non-diabetics. Research studies have found a link between periodontal (gum) disease and diabetes. Conversely, severe periodontal disease may increase the risk of developing diabetes and make it more difficult to manage blood sugar levels.
Regular trips to the dentist can actually improve the overall health of diabetics and pre-diabetics. Treatment that reduces gum inflammation may restore insulin sensitivity, resulting in improved metabolic control.
To keep your teeth and gums healthy, keep blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible. Floss at least once a day, and brush teeth gently in small circular motions after each meal and snack. If you smoke, talk to your doctor about ways to help you quit. Contact your dentist right away if you have problems with your teeth and gums. Be sure to let your dentist know that you have diabetes.