Diabetes UK added: “High blood sugar levels can also damage the blood vessels in the gums and this makes them more likely to get infected.
“And it can affect you the other way round too. Gum disease and infection can in turn increase your blood sugar levels, which can lead to other complications like heart disease.
“Looking after your teeth and gums should be a basic part of how you manage your diabetes.
“Because you can prevent these potential complications or spot them early enough to get the right treatment from your dentist.