Link Between Diabetes and Periodontal Disease

People with diabetes have a higher than normal risk of periodontal diseases.

Diabetes is considered to be at epidemic proportions in the US. Gum disease is considered to be a major complication of diabetes. Like any infection, gum disease can make it hard to keep your blood sugar under control.

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that is caused when a person has very high blood sugar due to insufficient insulin production, lack of body response to the insulin produced, or a combination of both. Diabetes is considered to be at epidemic proportions in the US. Gum disease is considered to be a major complication of diabetes.

Diabetics have a decreased ability to fight bacteria that causes gum disease. Eventually, untreated gum disease turns to periodontal disease. Untreated diabetes also causes slow healing and increases the risk of infection after dental surgery.

What is the link between diabetes and periodontal disease?

Diabetic control. People with poor blood sugar control get gum disease more often and more severely, and they tend to lose more teeth. In fact, people whose diabetes is well controlled have no more periodontal disease than people without diabetes. Even children with IDDM (insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus) are at risk for gum problems. Good diabetic control is the best protection against periodontal disease and the right kind of periodontist who works with your health practitioner and you to manage your diabetes while preventing gum disease. That’s what we do at Cariodontal. Call us to learn more.
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