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How can diabetes affect my oral health?

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Diabetes can affect your whole body, including your mouth. So you’ll want to take special care of your teeth and gums. It’s also important to manage your blood sugar. Over time, high blood glucose can put you at risk for oral health problems, like:

  • Dry mouth
  • Inflammation in your gums
  • Thrush

From: Diabetes and Dental Care WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: "Prevent diabetes problems: Keep your teeth and gums healthy." American College of Periodontology: "Mouth Body Connection."


American Dental Association. 

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on August 15, 2017

SOURCES: National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: "Prevent diabetes problems: Keep your teeth and gums healthy." American College of Periodontology: "Mouth Body Connection."


American Dental Association. 

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on August 15, 2017

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