FACT SHEET: DIABETES AND YOUR TEETH - Providence Medical
Did You Know?

  • Diabetes is a common disease among Australians, affecting almost 1.5 million people.
  • The first signs and symptoms of diabetes can occur in the mouth, so paying attention to your oral health can also lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment.
  • People with diabetes have a higher risk of tooth and gum problems.

Which are some of the diabetes-related oral health problems?

  • Gum abscesses
  • Tooth decay
  • Fungal infections such as thrush
  • Lichen planus: white or red patches on the skin of the mouth, which can result in discomfort and ulcers
  • Taste disturbances
  • A dry, burning mouth (low saliva levels)

How to Prevent These Conditions?

  • Have a diet low in sugar.
  • Brush teeth using a soft toothbrush with a pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste twice a day.
  • Floss or clean between teeth each day (toothpicks are not recommended)
  • Use a mouthwash if recommended by your dentist.
  • Have your teeth and gums checked and cleaned by a dentist once or twice a year (unless they recommend otherwise).
  • Avoid smoking.

Do you want to know more about diabetes and how it is related to your oral health?

Come to Providence Medical and Dental – Belmont and speak to Dr Manu Walker.