Diabetes & Oral Health

gum disease linked to diabetes

Gum Disease and Diabetes are Linked

Did you know that good oral health with help you manage your diabetes?  If you have diabetes, you are twice as likely to develop gum disease and gum disease can lead to diabetic complications.

Gum disease and diabetes are linked.  Gum disease makes it hard to control blood sugar and when blood sugar isn’t controlled it’s harder to fight infections such as gum disease.  This is why good oral health habits are so important when you have diabetes.

Oral Health Tips

·      Use a fluoride toothpaste and brush twice daily
·      Floss daily
·      Use a mouth rinse with fluoride
·      Drink water instead of sugary drinks
·      Eat a well-balanced diet
·      Choose healthy snacks such as low-fat cheese, veggies, and nuts

Talk to your dentist about having diabetes, and let her know if you experience bleeding gums, dry mouth, or mouth sores.  For more information about oral health and diabetes visit diabetes.org.