Diabetes and teeth

For diabetics, problems with your teeth and gums can be more serious than for the average person.

Periodontal diseases

Diabetics are 3 times more likely to develop periodontal disease.

You can experience:
  • Gum Inflammation
  • Frequent bleeding, especially whilst brushing
  • Increase in teeth mobility
  • Losing your teeth


The saliva of diabetics contains more glucose which can cause more bacteria to develop and causes decay.

Recommended Dental Hygiene

If you are diabetic, your dental hygiene must be rigorous:
  • Brushing your teeth 2 to 3 times per day
  • Use mouthwashes daily
  • Consult a dentist every 6 months
  • Drink enough water

For more information and help to find a dentist, please visit the British Dental Association (BDA) website:

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