For the 26 million Americans who suffer from diabetes, gum disease is not usually the first complication that comes to mind.

But the American Dental Association reports that people with diabetes are not only more susceptible to gum disease, but gum disease can also affect blood glucose levels. Furthermore, people with diabetes generally have lowered immune resistance, making them vulnerable to infections and potentially causing delays in healing.

Whether or not you have diabetes, you should always brush two times per day and floss once per day, and avoid sugar.