• By 1300SMILES Densits
  • February 15, 2019

Did you know Diabetes affects over 1.2 million Australians and can cause a range of unique oral health issues?  (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare)

As a diabetic, you’re at a greater risk of encountering oral disorders due to bacteria growth (from poor blood glucose control), specific diabetic medication and hypo treatments such as sweetened drinks and lollies. Some unique issues include;

  • Gum disease
  • Dry mouth
  • Tooth decay
  • Thrush
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Taste disturbances
  • Gum abscesses (an infection of the tooth and or gums)

However, that’s where we come in!

As dentists, we give you advice on the best ways to maintain your oral health and can develop your very own Diabetes management plan. And it all starts with a simple check-up.


At your first check-up, we will be able to fully assess your mouth and diagnose any abnormalities.  Early diagnosis will be both healthier for you and keep you from having any potentially costly expenses in the future. By diagnosing issues earlier rather than at the later stages, we will be able to devise a suitable treatment plan and prevent a serious issue before it’s too late. By staying on top of your oral health and ensuring you book your 6 to 12-month regular check-ups, you can avoid serious ramifications.


Diet plays a huge role in preventing oral health problems. Tooth decay is caused by the consumption of sugars, and the deterioration of gums can be caused by the consumption of highly acidic foods. By just reducing the consumption of highly processed and high sugar foods, you will minimise the likelihood of encountering oral health issues that you may be susceptible to.

Daily Routine:

Routine is key! In-between your dental visits, ensure you’re brushing your teeth and gums at least twice a day for not less than 2 minutes and floss regularly. It is recommended you gently brush your tongue each day to remove any bacteria, this will keep your mouth feeling fresh. With constant care, a regular routine will stay on top of any issues before they take hold, such as tooth decay.

In summary, if you maintain regular dental visits, have a consistently healthy diet and a dental care routine you will be able to combat any of the unique issues before they even arise.

If you are interested in a 1300SMILES dentists being apart of your diabetes management plan book an appointment with us today by calling 1300 764 537 or use our convenient online booking tool:

Caloundra Dr Angus

DR. Angus Henderson