People with diabetes get gum disease more often than people who don't. Once a gum infection starts, it can take a long time to heal. If the infection is severe, teeth can loosen or even fall out. Good blood sugar can prevent gum problems. Keeping your teeth is important for healthy eating. Natural teeth help you chew foods better and easier than you can with dentures. Because infections can make gums sore and uneven, dentures may not fit right. Be sure to tell your dentist if your dentures hurt so they can be adjusted for comfort. Smoking makes gum problems worse.
Dr. James L. Johnson