Patients with diabetes are more likely to develop oral health problems due to an increased risk of infection. Properly maintained blood glucose levels can reduce your risk of oral infection and gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis). Proper oral hygiene is important for all orthodontic patients. For diabetic patients wearing braces, excellent oral hygiene is even more critical due to the increased risk of infection. This recent article from the American Dental Association provides tips for good oral health in patients who are diabetic.