Gum Disease and Diabetes
Gum disease is an infection in the gum, bone and tissues. Gum disease may eventually result in unstable base for your teeth, which then become mobile and may fall out or have to be removed.
Gum disease (periodontal disease) is a primary cause of tooth loss, and is often linked to diabetes. Diabetes slows blood circulation, which can contribute to the onset of infections of gum tissues. High saliva sugar levels associated with diabetes contribute to the growth of bacteria which causes gum disease.
Smoking and poor oral hygiene for people with diabetes significantly heightens the incidence of gum disease.
What are the signs of gum disease?
How can you prevent gum disease?
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen and red gums
- Loose teeth
- Difficulty in chewing or biting food
Early detection of gum disease can lead to proper treatment and eventual reversal of the disease. If not treated, gum disease may lead to serious bone and tooth loss.
- Control your sugar levels
- Maintain good oral hygiene
- Maintain a proper and balanced diet
- Avoid smoking
- Visit your dentist regularily for cleanings