People with diabetes — an estimated 34.2 million people in the United States — are more likely to develop dental health issues than those without it.
Infections tend to be more severe in people with diabetes. If you have diabetes, you may also experience diminished salivary flow and an increased presence of microorganisms that feed on sugar in the saliva, which can both lead to a higher incidence of tooth decay. Furthermore, if you don’t control your blood sugar, you may experience increased oral health problems, particularly gum recession (also known as shrinkage).
Fortunately, if you have diabetes, there are steps you can take to help you maintain good oral health.
To avoid costly and painful dental issues and enjoy healthy teeth and gums, you should:
Last updated July 21, 2021
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