Nov. 27, 2023 - minute readminutes read

Diabetes and Oral Health


Did you know that diabetes and oral health are interconnected?

Scientific studies have revealed a strong bidirectional link between diabetes and gum disease – especially the most severe form of gum disease, Periodontitis.

If you have Periodontitis, research shows that you are at a higher risk of developing diabetes.

Conversely, if you have diabetes (type 1 or 2), you are more likely to experience teeth and gum issues such as:

  • Bad breath
  • Dry mouth
  • Problems tasting food
  • Infections in the mouth
  • Gum disease (gingivitis or periodontitis)
  • Delayed wound healing in the mouth
  • Further diabetic complications such as cardiovascular and kidney disease

This means that, if you have been diagnosed with diabetes, it’s important to let your dentist know as soon as possible. Follow this up with check-ups every six months and always tell your dentist about any changes in your diabetes status. Similarly, keep your doctor informed about any major changes in your oral health too.

How are gum disease and diabetes connected?

When gum tissue is damaged due to gum disease, this allows dental plaque bacteria to spread into the rest of the body via the blood stream.

The presence of bacteria in the body triggers an immune response, which makes blood sugar levels harder to control and may worsen existing diabetic complications.

How can I manage my oral health if I have diabetes?

If you have diabetes, it is extremely important to have an excellent oral care routine and have regular check-ups with your dental professional.

Excellent oral care means brushing your teeth 3 times a day, but also regularly using floss and interdental brushes to remove plaque from your teeth, along and below the gum line, and in between your teeth. Last but not least, always finish off with a mouth rinse too.

Your daily oral health routine, It’s as simple as 1,2,3.

Follow these three easy steps to help keep your teeth, gums, and whole body healthy:

  1. BRUSH your teeth at least two times a day, or after each meal, using toothpaste with plaque control.
  2. CLEAN BETWEEN YOUR TEETH every day using a gentle floss, interdental brush, or interdental pick such as GUM® SOFT-PICK® Advanced.
  3. RINSE with mouthwash for an effective and refreshing way to reach more parts of your mouth and complete your routine.


Find out more about the gum link, and read our tips on how to brush, how to floss, and how to clean between your teeth.

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