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fact sheet: Diabetes and Oral Health  
Diabetes affects millions of Americans each year. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you may  
know that the disease can cause problems with your eyes, nerves, kidneys and heart, as well as other  
parts of your body. Diabetes can lower your resistance to infection and can slow the healing process.  
Oral Health Problems  
The most common Oral Health Problems associated with diabetes:  
What you can do:  
•ꢀToothꢀdecay  
•ꢀPeriodontalꢀ(gum)ꢀdisease  
•ꢀSalivaryꢀglandꢀdysfunction  
•ꢀFungalꢀinfections  
•ꢀLichenꢀplanusꢀandꢀlichenoidꢀreactionsꢀ(inflammatoryꢀskinꢀꢀ  
ꢀꢀꢀdisease)  
Get your diet in check  
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Follow your doctor’s diet & exercise  
advice. Eat 5 smaller meals per day and  
follow the same eating time schedule  
to prevent insulin spikes. The bulk of your  
diet should be Low GI (glycemic)  
carbohydrates.  
•ꢀInfectionꢀandꢀdelayedꢀhealing  
•ꢀTasteꢀimpairment  
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For diet tips see our LIBERTY AdultCare help  
Periodontal Disease is often linked to diabetic control. For example,  
patients with inadequate blood sugar control appear to develop  
periodontal disease more often and more severely, and they  
lose more teeth than do people who have good control of their  
diabetes. See your dentist immediately if you notice any of the  
following:  
sheet: Healthy Nutrition Tips  
Keep active daily  
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Stay active every day. Walk the  
neighborhood twice a day or ride  
a stationary bike for 10 minutes in  
the morning and afternoon. Exercise  
promotes blood circulation.  
ꢀGumsꢀthatꢀbleedꢀeasily  
•ꢀRed,ꢀswollenꢀorꢀtenderꢀgums  
•ꢀGumsꢀthatꢀhaveꢀpulledꢀawayꢀfromꢀtheꢀteeth  
•ꢀPusꢀbetweenꢀtheꢀteethꢀandꢀgumsꢀwhenꢀtheꢀgumsꢀareꢀpressed  
•ꢀPersistentꢀbadꢀbreathꢀorꢀbadꢀtasteꢀinꢀmouth  
•ꢀPermanentꢀteethꢀthatꢀareꢀlooseꢀorꢀseparating  
•ꢀAnyꢀchangeꢀinꢀtheꢀwayꢀyourꢀteethꢀfitꢀtogetherꢀwhenꢀyouꢀbite  
•ꢀAnyꢀchangeꢀinꢀtheꢀfitꢀofꢀpartialꢀdentures  
Learn more:  
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American Diabetes Association :  
www.diabetes.org  
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