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Diabetes and dental health

People with diabetes are at high risk for developing gum disease (periodontal disease), and gum disease can make it harder to control blood sugar levels.

Diabetes and medications to treat it can also cause dry mouth, which increases your risk of cavities.

If you’re diabetic or pre-diabetic, it’s important to follow these tips for good oral and overall health:

1. Brush and floss every day

Be dedicated to your daily dental hygiene. It’s the most effective way to prevent gum disease and cavities.

2. Watch your mouth

Check your mouth regularly for bleeding gums, dryness, sores or white patches. Contact your dentist if you notice any of these signs.

3. Visit your dentist regularly

Tell your dental care team that you’re diabetic. They will create a dental routine to help manage and improve your oral health.

4. Control your glucose

Too much glucose can cause harmful bacteria to grow in your saliva, which can form plaque and cause mouth infections. Eat a diet low in sugar and carbs to help manage glucose levels.

Visit Delta Dental of South Dakota's #SmilePower blog for more tips on oral health and dental benefits.