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It is recommended that people with diabetes should pay special attention to their mouth, teeth and gums.  People with diabetes are at higher risk of developing gum disease, cavities and infections. 


How can I keep my teeth and gums healthy?

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • Use dental floss at least once a day
  • Visit your dentist for cleaning and routine care at least every six months
  • Make sure your dentist and your dental hygeinist know you have diabetes
  • Sip water throughout the day if your mouth is dry
  • If you smoke, talk to yur dentist or doctor about quitting
  • If you wear a denture or partial, or if you are missing teeth, report to your dentist or physician any changes in your gum tissue
  • Keep your blood sugar levels in your target range

Report any of the following to your Dentist:




  • Red, swollen gums that bleed easily
  • Gums that pull away your teeth
  • Abscesses (swelling or pus around and between the teeth)
  • Fungal infections (creamy or yellow spots on your gums or tongue that can bleed easily)
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Bad taste
  • Burning sensation on your tongue or in your mouth
  • Dry mouth
  • Delayed healing in your mouth
  • Increased dental decay
  • Discolouration of your teeth


 Below is information on financial assistance programs for dental services available in Waterloo Region.



Ontario Works (OW)
OW provides emergency and select dental care for adult clients and their dependent children 18 years and older
Cambridge 519.740.5700
Waterloo Region 519.883.2100
Wellington County 519.837.2657
Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
ODSP provides basic dental care for clients their spouses, and their dependent children who are under 18 years of age
Cambridge 519.623.1230
Guelph 519.822.7500
Kitchener/Waterloo 519.886.4700
Healthy Smiles Ontario
This program provides free regular dental services for children and youth who do not have any type of dental coverage. If you qualify for the program, your child will receive free regular services at any participating dental provider or dentist. Services include: regular cleanings, filings, x-rays, scaling and all other services previously covered by CINOT. Orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry are not covered. Contact your local Public Health Unit for more information and to see if you are eligible.
Region of Waterloo Public Health www.region.waterloo.on.ca/ph ...........519.575.4400
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health www.wdgpublichealth.ca.......................1.800.265.7293 ext 2661
Grey Bruce Public Health Unit www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca.......1.800.263.3456 or 519.376.9420
Region of Waterloo Public Health Adult Emergency Dental Clinic
This program provides emergency dental care for Waterloo Region adults aged 18 and older who do not have any form of dental insurance, who are not eligible for any financial assistance programs, and who cannot afford to pay for dental treatment. For more information call 519.883.2222.


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