The relationship between gum disease and diabetes is a two-way street. Those who don’t have their diabetes under control are at risk for gum disease, and those with gum disease can have a harder time managing their diabetes.
As a person with diabetes, you are generally more susceptible to bacterial infections, which include dental health problems such as gingivitis (an early stage of gum disease) and periodontitis (serious gum disease). These infections may cause blood sugar to rise and make diabetes harder to control. Using your Dental Xtra benefits to see your dentist regularly will help you manage both your risk for gum disease and your diabetes.