If you have diabetes, you know that it puts you at risk at developing other chronic conditions; however, did you know that there is a direct link between diabetes and gum health? It’s true.
Individuals who develop diabetes are at a much higher risk of developing serious dental conditions such as periodontitis – an infection of the gums that can be managed but not reversed. In its milder state, called gingivitis, the dentist can clean away tartar during regular dental checkups and effectively treat this condition. However, when left untreated, tartar build-up can cause the gums to bleed, recede, and, if left untreated for prolonged periods of time, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis – one of the leading causes of tooth loss.
So, what is the connection between gum disease and diabetes?
Each condition can directly influence the other.
The key to maintaining good dental health goes beyond regular dental checkups. It’s also important to keep your blood sugar under control. As long as you can maintain good control of your diabetes, your risk for developing peritonitis is no higher than individuals without diabetes.
While individuals with uncontrolled diabetes are more susceptible to gum disease, it is also true that gum disease has a direct correlation on blood glucose levels and may, in fact, contribute to the progression of diabetes.
Furthermore, if you have diabetes you may be at higher risk for fungal infections and cavities.
- That’s why you’ll want to take a proactive stance to prevent complications of the teeth and gums due to diabetes.