Is There Anything to Know About Diabetes and Gum Disease?
Posted on 8/10/2019 by Janie Scholes
If you've been diagnosed with diabetes, your doctor has probably told you about many of the health issues that come with the disease.
However, because they're not a dentist, they may not necessarily have all of the information about how diabetes can affect your oral health. That's why we're here—we can tell you all about how diabetes is linked to gum disease and what you should look for.
Why Does Diabetes Increase Your Risk of Gum Disease?
When your diabetes is not managed well, your blood glucose levels skyrocket. This causes many different issues, including making it difficult for your body to fight off a bacterial infection. That includes the bacteria that leads to gum disease. By brushing and flossing, you get rid of much of this bacteria, and your body can take care of any that's left. When diabetes damages your body's defense systems, though, you may develop gum disease and even periodontitis if you let your brushing habits slip just a little bit.
Gum Disease Also Affects Diabetes
The connection between gum disease and diabetes also goes the other way—gum disease and periodontitis can affect diabetes. Bacterial infections can cause your blood sugar levels to rise, making it more difficult to keep your diabetes under control. This leads into a vicious circle where your high blood sugar makes it easier for you to develop gum disease, then the infection drives your blood sugar levels even higher.
It's important that you work with your doctor to get your diabetes under control, but at the same time, you also need to come in and let us examine your gums regularly. Regular cleanings can help keep your gums healthy and free of infection, which will make it easier for you to keep your blood sugar levels more controlled. Call us today to make an appointment.