January 3


Things We Must Know About Oral Health and Diabetes

By Gabriela

January 3, 2022

A lot of people get nervous when it comes to going to the dentist. But good oral hygiene is vital for those who have diabetes. It is like that since issues with the gums and teeth are more common in those who have diabetes.

And that is why good dental health is vital in order to prevent the development of dental complications. As a matter of fact, looking after our gums and teeth is a vital part when it comes to learning to live with type 2 diabetes and type 1 diabetes.

Our dentist should know if we have long-standing or new-onset diabetes because this will impact our dental treatment. Read on, to find out more about oral health and diabetes.

Oral Health and Diabetes

Dental care for those who have diabetes is more complicated and more important. Those who have diabetes and poor control over their blood sugar are actually more likely to have dental health issues.

So, keeping the blood glucose within normal will help lower the risk. Also, we can lessen the risk of oral health issues by giving up smoking, exercising on a regular basis, and eating a healthy and balanced diet.

We must make sure to visit our dentist at least 2 times per year. In that way, any infection will be treated early. Bear in mind that small dental issues might rapidly escalate, and regular visits to our dentist will pick up on these issues.

So, we must be wondering what the signs of such issues are? Read on to find out.

The Sings of Dental Health Issues

  • Bad breath;
  • Loose teeth;
  • Bleeding gums;
  • Swollen or sore gums;
  • Receding Gums.

In case people have any of the signs above mentioned, they should consult their dentist right away. People should know that unurgent treatment may be needed in order to prevent an issue from worsening.

Blood Glucose Levels and Dental Treatment

In case people are on a drug that can cause hypos, like sulphonylureas or insulin, they need to consult their doctor or their dentist in order to see if their drug needs to be changed before the dental work.

Furthermore, the appointments for dental treatment need to be arranged in order to fit in with the regime of their diabetes treatment.

In fact, high blood glucose levels might impact the time the gums need to heal. To be more precise, those with diabetes take more time to heal.

For instance, in case people have a tooth removed, and it takes too much time to heal, they need to consult their doctor or dentist right away and ask for advice.

Going to the Dentist Is a Must

As we already said, if people have diabetes, oral care is critical because is more complicated.

Watch the video below and learn why it is vital to eliminate all bacteria present in the mouth, why those with diabetes heal slower, etc.

Yes maybe going to our dentist is something we are not looking forward to, but it is something we must do for our own good.

Watch the video and talk to a dentist about it.


  • Gabriela

    Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Diabetes Health Page, Fitness trainer and instructor has dedicated her career to educating and informing people for over 10 years. As one of the most passionate diabetes advocates, Gabi has worked tirelessly to ensure that those people receive the education and support they need to properly manage their diabetes and achieve their health, fitness and weight loss goals.

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