Diabetes and Gum Disease – Is There a Connection?

Is there a connection between diabetes and gum disease? The simplest answer is yes. However, nothing is ever so simple and it pays to take a closer look at this potentially threatening link. By themselves, gum disease and diabetes are already devastating. Having one can make the other worse, and there is no need to allow that to happen.

Diabetic control is one reason for this connection. In many cases, gingival disease is considered to be a complication of diabetes, and diabetic control is the direct link. Basically, if your control over your blood sugar is poor, you are at a higher risk for gum disease. In fact, you may even be more at risk for losing your teeth from the disease.

However, if you have diabetes but have strong control over your blood sugar, you may be in significantly better shape than someone who does not have strong control over this area. Be careful.

Another diabetic complication is thicker blood vessels. This is another complication which can make you more at risk for getting periodontal disease. Basically, thicker blood vessels makes it more difficult for nutrients to flow in and harmful waste products to flow out. The direct result of this is the reduced ability of the gum tissue surrounding your teeth to fight off infection.

Bacteria causes gum disease in the first place. Bacteria love sugar – especially glucose. Of course, if you have diabetes, you see the problem here. The bacteria which can cause gum disease will be attracted to the glucose in your body.

Smoking increases the risk of getting periodontal disease when you have diabetes as well. A smoker who has diabetes is many times more likely to get gum disease than a smoker without diabetes.

What can you do to break this link? Take your medication, in the case of thickening vessels. Maintain strong, solid control of your blood sugar. Do not smoke. Visit your dentist regularly. Of course, brush twice a day and floss. However, these measures alone may not be enough to prevent the occurrence of gum disease. Be sure to follow the links below to learn more about this disease.

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Disclaimer: If you have or think you might have gum disease or any other health problem, please visit your doctor or periodontist for advice, diagnosis and treatment. This article is for information purposes only and does not intend to provide advice, diagnosis or treatment for any health condition.