The role of oral health in diabetes is a two-way street. Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious gum disease, but serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.
Periodontal (gum) disease is the most common dental issue affecting nearly 22% of diabetics. With this condition, gums begin to pull away from your teeth. Pockets form between your teeth and gums which can then fill with germs and pus. Because diabetics are less able to fight infections, blood sugar may rise.
Poor blood sugar control increases your risk for other dental health concerns.
Teamwork between you and your dentist will help keep you—and your smile—stay healthy. Besides, controlling your blood sugar levels through medication, a healthy diet, and exercise, these steps can help.
Florida Blue Dental’s Oral Health for Overall Health program provides plan members diagnosed with diabetes enhanced dental benefits when enrolled in our program. These benefits have been shown to improve not only oral health, but also help you better manage your condition.
Learn more about the [enrollment process]().