Diabetes can affect your oral health in many ways. Diabetes increases the risk of infections in the mouth. The condition can cause changes in the tissues and gums (gingiva). If you have poor control over your blood sugar levels, you are at higher risk of gum disease. Diabetes increases the risk of thrush, a fungal infection of the mouth. You may notice that your mouth is extremely dry (called xerostomia), which can set the stage for developing cavities or tooth decay. Diabetes makes many demands on you. You must check your blood glucose levels regularly, follow a balanced diet, and exercise daily. By taking care of your mouth and teeth daily with good oral hygiene is something you can do to prevent gum infections and tooth decay.
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American Dental Association answered
Diabetes can increase the risk of some oral health problems, including infection. Because of lowered resistance and a longer healing process, infection is a greater risk.
Since diabetes compromises your immune system, you may be prone to developing fungal infections. If you are having extensive oral surgery, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics to minimize the risk of infection. To help the healing process, keep your blood glucose levels under control before, during and after surgery.
If you develop any infections, be sure to see your dentist right away.
R. Tom Glass, DDS, Dentistry, answeredYes, diabetes does change your oral health and as a rule increases your risk for both oral and systemic diseases. Oral infections are caused by bacteria and fungi (yeasts); all of which thrive in the presence of high sugar levels. In addition, diabetes changes the small vessels that supply the oral tissues and often produces dry mouth. Without these body defenses, the diabetic is much more at risk for infection.