Yes, children and teens with diabetes have a higher risk for gum disease compared to those who do not have diabetes. That's why children and teens with diabetes should have regular dental visits to check for early, visible signs of gum disease. The dentist/hygienist will teach children and teens the facts about good oral care and explain how to brush and floss teeth properly. The dentist or dental hygienist will also explain what to check for each day to identify early signs of gum disease. It's important to make the routine dental visit an enjoyable experience. The dentist should become a “friend” that the child or teen can call upon if there is a question or problem after the visit.
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American Dental Association answered
People with diabetes are at greater risk for oral health problems, including gum disease. This includes children and teens.
Gum disease is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth. Regular visits to the dentist are important for cleanings and screenings. Dentists also provide education to youth to help in establishing a good oral health routine for life. Brushing twice a day for two minutes each with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing once a day will also help in preventing gum.