Diabetes can affect the entire body. Whether your diabetes affects your oral health depends on how well you are able to control your blood sugar. If your diabetes is under control, the effects on your oral health should be minimized. However, if your diabetes is not under control, the oral effects can be dramatic.
People with diabetes get gum disease more often than people who do not have diabetes. Gum infections can make it hard to control blood sugar. Once a gum infection starts, it can take a long time to heal. If the infection is severe, teeth can loosen or even fall out.
Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly.
Thanks to better at-home care and in-office dental treatments, more people are
keeping their teeth throughout their lives. Some diseases and conditions can
make dental disease and tooth loss more likely.