Learning About Diabetes and Your Teeth
How does diabetes affect your teeth and gums?
When you have diabetes, managing blood sugar levels and taking good care of your teeth and gums are both important.
When blood sugar levels are high, there's a greater risk for:
Gum (periodontal) disease.
Fungal infections in the mouth, like thrush.
Dry mouth, or xerostomia (say "zee-ruh-STO-mee-uh"). The mouth needs saliva to neutralize the acids in your mouth. These acids can lead to gum disease and tooth decay.
Keeping your blood sugar levels in your target range can help prevent problems with the teeth and gums. If you have any problems with your teeth or gums, see your dentist.