People Living with Diabetes are Twice as Likely to Develop Serious Gum Disease
For the nearly 24 million Americans that have diabetes, many may be surprised to learn about an unexpected complication associated with this condition. Research shows that there is an increased prevalence of gum disease among those with diabetes, adding serious gum disease to the list of other complications associated with diabetes, such as heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.
Emerging research also suggests that the relationship between serious gum disease and diabetes is two-way. Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious gum disease, but serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes. Research suggests that people with diabetes are at higher risk for oral health problems, such as gingivitis (an early stage of gum disease) and periodontitis (serious gum disease). People with diabetes are at an increased risk for serious gum disease because they are generally more susceptible to bacterial infection, and have a decreased ability to fight bacteria that invade the gums.
Help Prevent Dental Problems Associated with Diabetes
- Control your blood glucose level
- Take good care of your teeth
- Regular checkup ever four months to control thrush and fungal infection
- Maintain good control of your diabetes
- Good blood glucose control can help prevent dry mouth caused by diabetes