People with type 2 diabetes are around three times more likely to develop dental problems than people who don’t have. Why because Diabetes can reduce the blood supply to the gums. If blood glucose levels are poorly controlled, they are more likely to develop serious gum disease and lose more teeth. Like all infections, serious gum disease may be a factor in causing blood sugar to rise and may make diabetes harder to control.
Other oral problems associated to diabetes include thrush, an infection caused by fungus that grows in the mouth, and dry mouth which can cause soreness, ulcers, infections and cavities.
Take good care of gums and teeth. Brush and floss at least twice a day. Rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash daily. Get a dental checkup every 6 months. Keep your blood sugar under control.
Taking care of your teeth is a big piece of the diabetes management puzzle.