Are diabetes and dental health related?
Studies have shown that people with poorly controlled diabetes are at greater risk for dental problems. They're more likely to have infections of their gums and the bones that hold their teeth in place, because diabetes can reduce the blood supply to the gums.
High blood sugar may also cause dry mouth and make gum disease worse. Less saliva allows for more tooth-decaying bacteria and plaque buildup.
Regular dental visits are important. Practicing good oral hygiene and controlling your blood sugar levels will help your body fight off the bacteria in your mouth that cause gum disease and decay.
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