Dental problems and diabetic
People with poorly controlled diabetes are at greater risk for dental problems.
They're more likely to have infections of their gums and the bones that hold their teeth in place, because diabetes can reduce the blood supply to the gums.
High blood sugar may also cause dry mouth and make gum disease worse. Less saliva can allow more tooth-decaying bacteria and plaque buildup.
With good blood sugar control and dental care, you can avoid these problems.
Symptoms to watch for
You should call your dentist if you:
- Have bleeding or sore gums
- Get infections often
- Have bad breath that won't go away
Take good care of your gums and teeth. Brush and floss at least twice a day. Get a dental checkup every 6 months. Let your dentist know that you have diabetes.
Keep your blood sugar under control.
If you smoke, quit.