Gum disease makes it more difficult for people with diabetes to control their blood sugar. So controlling gum disease may help you control your diabetes. Let your dentist know if you have been diagnosed with diabetes and if it is under control.
People who have diabetes may have:
- Rapidly progressing periodontal (gum) disease
- Gum inflammation
- Dry mouth
- Poor healing of oral tissues
- Thrush, a white rash usually in the mouth
- Burning mouth and/or tongue
As you can see, it is important to have proper dental care. That’s why we regularly remind our members with both medical and dental coverage to schedule dental appointments every six months. Regular dental cleanings and periodontal treatment can reduce the amount of inflammation in the mouth. Reducing inflammation makes it easier to control diabetes. Controlling diabetes makes it easier to control gum disease.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, our Chronic Care Program may be able to help. For more information, call 1-888-345-1150, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.