Diabetes and Oral Health Care | Effects On Your Teeth

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.

Check out this article on the American Dental Association’s MouthHealthy website:


First Published on Jul 15, 2013 – Updated in June 2019