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Dental disease and diabetes

Research suggests that people with diabetes are at higher risk for oral health problems.

Steps You Can Take to Avoid Oral Health Problems Include:

  • Controlling your blood glucose
  • Brushing and flossing properly to control plaque
  • Seeing your dentist for regular checkups every six months

What Problems Am I at Higher Risk For?

Problems you may experience include:

  • Gingivitis (an early stage of gum disease)
  • Periodontitis (serious gum disease)
  • Thrush (an infection caused by fungus that grows in the mouth)
  • Dry mouth (causes soreness, ulcers, infections and cavities)

What Are the Warning Signs of a Problem?

While your mouth may not hurt, there are warning signs to watch for.

  • Bleeding gums when you brush or floss. This bleeding is not normal. Even if your gums don’t hurt, get them checked.
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums.
  • Gums that have pulled away from teeth. Part of the tooth’s root may show, or your teeth may look longer.
  • Pus between the teeth and gums (when you press on the gums).
  • Bad breath.
  • Teeth that are loose or moving away from each other.
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit when you bite.
  • Changes in the fit of partial dentures or bridges.