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How does diabetes affect my oral hygiene?

If you have diabetes, you have a higher risk of gum disease, and it might be harder for your mouth to fight off germs. If you don't brush and floss the plaque away every day, plaque hardens into tartar and builds up under your gum line. This is called gingivitis, and it's the first stage of gum disease. By brushing and flossing every day, and visiting your dentist at least twice a year, your can reduce your chances of developing gum disease.

Last modified: 2012-03-06