Dental cavities and gum diseases are bacterial infections. Any infection, including dental, can make it more difficult to manage diabetes and increases risk for heart, eye, kidney, and other serious complications.
Diabetes can increase the risk for dental problems, especially periodontal (gum) diseases. This can cause teeth to become loose as the bone to which teeth attach becomes damaged.
High blood sugar can cause a dry mouth. It is a relatively common problem for people with diabetes.
Because saliva helps protect against cavities and gum disease, a “dry mouth” can increase the risk of developing those problems. It can also contribute to thrush, an infection in the mouth caused by a fungus.
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