Diabetes and Oral Health

People with Diabetes have special oral care needs.

Research has shown that there is an increased prevalence of oral health problems such as fungal infections, gum diseases, chewing difficulties and tooth loss among those suffering from Diabetes. These individuals are also prone to dry mouth leading to soreness, bitter taste, oral ulcers and cavities.

In turn, it has been proven that serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of Diabetes.

Signs of problem in your mouth

  • Continuous pain in teeth or any region of mouth
  • Loose Teeth
  • Pain while chewing
  • Changed sense of taste
  • Mouth ulcer that does not heal

Preventing dental problems associated with Diabetes 


– Control blood glucose levels
– Maintain good oral hygiene, regular brushing and regular dental check up
– Use toothbrush with soft nylon bristles with rounded ends
– Avoid smoking
– In case you wear dentures then clean them daily
– Avoid non-emergency dental procedures if blood sugar is not under control
– Eat healthy meals

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