Why Diabetes Matters for Your Mouth

Blood MeterThe Dental Connection to Diabetes

The first symptoms are often oral problems

More and more, we realize there’s a relationship between infections in your mouth and inflammation caused by diabetes. And neglecting one makes the other worse!

  • Make sure your blood glucose is controlled. If you have diabetes, uncontrolled blood glucose makes you more susceptible to gum disease. And a severe gum infection, in turn, makes it even tougher to control your blood glucose.
  • Make an extra effort to baby those teeth and gums. Massage out food particles with a soft-bristle brush between teeth and gums, and use a rubber-tipped handle to maneuver between the teeth.
  • Tender, bleeding gums are an early warning of both gum disease and diabetes. Don’t ignore it! Make an appointment with a dentist, and we can help you nip the problem in the bud.

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