Diabetes and Gum Problems

Periodontal disease (gum disease) has been proposed as the sixth most common complication of diabetes mellitus. People with Diabetes are 2 to 3 times more likely to develop periodontal disease, and those who do not know they have diabetes, or whose diabetes is not under control, are especially at risk.

You may experience more severe gum disease and at an earlier age. Gum disease can make it more difficult for you to manage blood glucose levels as well, as periodontal bacteria can increase insulin resistance and, therefore, blood glucose levels.

If you do have diabetes it is important that any gum disease is diagnosed, because not only can it lead to bone loss around the roots of your teeth but it can also increase your blood sugar, which in turn can put you at risk of other diabetic complications. Also, if you have diabetes , you may find that you heal more slowly.

The good news is that research shows that by treating gum disease effectively and controlling the infection, we can also achieved a significant reduction of the glucose levels.

If you are uncertain of whether you have healthy gums and would like to have piece of mind, contact us for a consultation on 02075639980 and we will ensure you receive the best possible care.