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Regular dental visits can help control blood sugar and reduce complications. The health of the mouth and the body are related. There is a two-way relationship between diabetes and gum disease. People with diabetes are two to three times more likely to have gum disease than people without diabetes. There’s more risk for gum disease if you don’t control your blood sugar. In turn, gum disease can weaken blood sugar control. Regular dental cleanings can improve your blood sugar levels and the health of your mouth by helping reduce inflammation.

Here are some ways to keep your mouth healthy if you have diabetes:

  • Keep your blood sugar at a healthy level.
  • If you smoke, stop smoking.
  • Brush your teeth twice every day.
  • Clean between your teeth using dental floss once a day.
  • See your dentist for a complete dental exam and cleaning at least once a year.