Diabetes and Gum Disease: Fight plaque bacteria and save your smile!
By Patti Z. November 28, 2011
Did you know that there are more bacteria in your mouth right now than there are people on Earth? And the plaque that forms in your mouth every day contains hundreds of bacteria that collect between the teeth and under the gum line. That's why it's important to thoroughly brush and clean between your teeth on a daily basis.
Bacteria left behind grow and irritate the gums resulting in gingivitis, the most common oral health problem for people with diabetes. When you have gingivitis, your gums may become red and swollen, and they may even bleed. People with diabetes, especially those with poor blood glucose control, are at a higher risk for gingivitis and gum disease. To fight gum disease, brush and clean between your teeth every day and see your dentist regularly.