Healthy Gums and Diabetes? How one can affect the other!
Patients with Diabetes develop gum disease(Periodontal Disease) at a rate 3-4 times higher than patients without Diabetes. If left untreated, the bacteria that cause gum disease cause tissue inflammation.
This inflammation of the gums can lead to destruction of the bone which then can lead to loose teeth that may need to be removed.
There have been studies that show that Diabetics with healthy gums are better able to control their blood sugars than Diabetics with gum disease.
In addition, if you are a diabetic your immune response is different than a non-diabetic-making it easier to develop gum disease. Therefore, as a diabetic it is even more important to practice good oral hygiene at home and see your dentist on a regular basis!
If you have Diabetes talk with your dentist about all of the ways to help maintain healthy gums!