Diabetes and Oral Health Care
Diabetes is a complex condition that can affect the whole body—including the mouth. Diabetics can have high glucose levels in their saliva and this enables the bacteria in the mouth to thrive, causing thick layers of plaque to grow on the teeth.
Resistance to infection may be low in people with diabetes. This puts the person at risk of developing gum problems since the gums are amongst the tissues affected by low resistance to infections.
Your oral health should be an important consideration when you are managing diabetes. Practising good oral heath habits is the key to preventing the oral health problems associated with diabetes—gum problems, tooth loss, fungal infections, and taste impairment. This fact sheet by the American Dental Association is a good guide on how to care for your oral health while managing diabetes: