People who are diabetic, having irregular blood glucose levels stand much higher risk of developing various tooth problems and gum diseases compared to people without diabetes. This is because people with diabetes have lowered resistance to infection and may not heal as easily as those who are not diabetic.

Anyone living with diabetes will need to pay particular attention to their oral health and dental care. In the same vein, they must make sure to keep their blood glucose levels within the target range.

Additionally, visiting their dentist at least every 6 to 12 months for advice about how to keep their teeth and gums healthy must be adhered to.

Diabetes is a common condition worldwide affecting around a lot of people both young and old. The earliest signs and symptoms of diabetes can occur in the mouth, so paying attention to one’s oral health and speaking to the doctor or dental practitioner about any changes can also contribute largely to earlier diagnosis and treatment.


If you are a person living with diabetes, we highly recommended that you:

  • Clean your teeth and gums twice a day with fluoride-containing toothpaste.
  • Floss once a day to clean between your teeth.
  • Follow your doctor’s advice about diet and medication to keep your blood glucose levels within normal range.
  • Visit your dentist every 6 to 12 months so that they can thoroughly check your mouth, teeth and gums for any signs of oral conditions, professionally clean your teeth and give advice about caring for your teeth and gums at home. Talking to your dentist about your blood glucose levels and what medications you are taking will help them help you better too.
  • Avoid having a dry mouth – drink enough water and chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva flow.
  • Don’t smoke!

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