What is the most common oral complication of diabetes?

Diabetics are at an increased risk for oral health problems. Gum disease is a common complication for diabetics. Aecause of lowered resistance and a longer healing process, gum disease appears to be more frequent and more severe among those with diabetes. 

Periodontal disease is the most common oral problem associated with diabetes. Gingivitis develops when diabetes is not controlled, or there are constantly high levels of blood glucose. This impairs the mouth's ability to heal. Poor control of blood glucose also results in more severe periodontal disease(periodontitis)with loss of bone and ultimately teeth. This is why it is so important for the person with diabetes to maintain good control of their blood sugar levels and maintain good dental habits such as twice daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, using fluoride mouth rinses, and visiting the dentist at least twice a year.

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