Why is this important coming from your dentist? Diabetes makes you at an increased risk of gum disease and periodontal problems. Increased glucose levels in saliva provides a breeding ground for harmful bacteria that combines with food to create plaque. Depending on the type of plaque, you have an increased risk of tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. Many of our patients who are diabetic need to have a dental appointment 3 – 4 times a year depending on their gum health. Contact Goldstein Dental Group in Novi, Michigan to schedule your appointment.