Did you know that there’s a very strong link between diabetes and gum disease? Diabetes affects many parts of the body, including the mouth and teeth. High blood sugar levels can create an environment in the mouth where bacteria and fungus can grow rampant and potentially affect the whole body if left untreated. It’s super important that everyone–and especially people with diabetes–keep up with regular brushing and, yes, flossing too, to help prevent mouth infections that can lead to more serious conditions.
Many dentists have made diabetes diagnoses simply by observing inflammation in their patients’ mouths and recommending further testing. If you do have gum disease and diabetes, it’s likely that your diabetes will be more challenging to manage because of the inflammatory response happening in your mouth. Once you treat your gum disease and start practicing good oral hygiene, getting your diabetes under control should become noticeably easier.
Here are 12 tips to help you protect your smile: