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The diabetes and dental health connection

Your mouth has a lot to do with your overall health. If you’re one of the nearly 30 million people living with diabetes1, healthy teeth and gums make it easier to maintain your blood sugar and control your diabetes. That’s important. Here’s why:

  • Risk of infection – Having diabetes increases your risk of oral infections
  • Disease and damage to gums – Uncontrolled blood sugar increases your risk of gum disease, known as periodontitis, which can lead to tooth loss
  • Uncontrolled blood sugar levels – Dental pain may cause you to avoid brushing and flossing, which makes it harder to control blood sugar levels

WHAT CAN I DO?

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Watch for signs of trouble in your mouth

Pay attention to gums that bleed when you brush or floss, dryness, soreness, white patches or a bad taste in your mouth. If any of these are familiar to you, visit your dentist for help.

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Learn about the connection between diabetes and gum disease

Feeling your best lets you get the most out of life. Knowing how diabetes and gum disease are connected puts you in better control.

Helping you achieve a healthier you

You’re not alone in your journey. HealthPartners Dental is here to help. If you have our dental insurance, we make it easy to keep your mouth and body healthy:

  • Pay nothing to see a network dentist for a check-up. And get care to help manage or prevent gum disease.
  • Rest assured that if your dentist finds you need extra dental cleanings or special care for your gums, we’re here to help. Schedule your dental appointment today!