Diabetes & Your Teeth

It is estimated that up to 20 million people have diabetes, but only two-thirds of these individuals are diagnosed. Studies have shown that diabetics are more susceptible to the development of oral infections and periodontal disease than those who do not have diabetes.
Because diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection, the gums are at risk for gingivitis, an inflammation usually caused by the presence of bacteria in plaque.
If you are a diabetic, be sure to take extra care of your mouth and have dental infections treated immediately. If your blood sugar is not under control, talk with your dentist and physician about receiving elective dental care. Also make morning appointments because blood glucose levels tend to be under better control at this time of day.
Diabetics who receive good dental care and have good insulin control typically have a better change of avoiding gum disease.