How are diabetes and gum disease related? Diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection and slows down healing process. This is why oral infections tend to be more severe in people with diabetes. Moreover, people with uncontrolled diabetes tend to have more oral health problems. This is because uncontrolled diabetes impairs leukocytes (white blood cells), the body’s primary defence against infections. However regular check-ups at the dentist might help diagnose the problem at an early stage and prevent it from becoming bigger. Here at Acharya Dental we follow the concept of Preventive Dentistry – we educate patients on proper ways of maintaining their dental health and taking preventive measures to maintain good oral hygiene.