The relationship between your oral health and your general heath – Part 1 Diabetes

Everyone knows that it is important to brush twice a day and to floss every night for healthy teeth and gums. But did you know that your oral health can affect your general health, and vice versa? Here are some of the most common issues.


Diabetes is a condition where the body cannot maintain a healthy level of sugar in the bloodstream. Symptoms include:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Passing more urine
  • Poor wound healing
  • Tiredness
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Always feeling hungry

Treatment for diabetes may include healthy dietary and lifestyle modifications, taking insulin and taking medication.

Research has shown that gum disease can reduce the body’s ability to control the blood sugar levels – potentially causing the symptoms to get worst. In addition, poorly controlled diabetes can increase one’s risk to developing gum disease or increase the severity of existing gum disease.

The relationship between diabetes and oral health is well established. This reinforces the importance of establishing good oral health practices – eating healthy foods (5 serves of vegetables and 2 serves of fruit per day), brushing twice a day and flossing at night. You should also see your dentist or oral health therapist at least every 6 months so that any potential oral diseases can be treated early.