Does poor oral health affect everyone with diabetes?

Not everyone with diabetes experiences poor oral health. However, those with diabetes are more likely to develop oral health issues, like gum disease and tooth decay. In addition, diabetics with gum disease have more difficulty controlling their blood sugar levels. Most adults will experience gum disease at some point in their lives. Additionally, gum disease can affect you no matter your age. The best preventative measure is regular and thorough dental care.
No, poor oral health does not affect everyone with diabetes. Poorly controlled blood sugars can lead to an increased risk of oral infections. This means that if you take good of yourself and keep your sugars under control, you can maintain good oral health. People with poor oral hygiene, even without diabetes, can develop poor oral health.
If you have diabetes, you are at greater risk of developing some oral health problems. However, by practicing good oral health habits you can prevent these problems. You don't have to let diabetes negatively affect your oral health. Brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, eating a well balanced diet and seeing your dentist regularly for screenings and cleanings are good oral health habits that will help keep you mouth healthy for life.

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