Getting By

Individuals who have diabetes are at higher risk for mouth health problems such as gingivitis (early stage of gum disease), periodontitis (serious gum disease), thrush (infection caused by fungus growing in the mouth), dry mouth (soreness, ulcers, infections and cavities).

Gingivitis is a concern because the germs (plaque) work to destroy your gums and bone around your teeth. Cleaning the plaque and tartar away, helps to prevent gingivitis.

Periodontitis is a more serious gum disease and more likely to develop because of high blood glucose levels. Typically, a bacterial infection develops and,...