The link between gum disease and diabetes has been a question in the dentistry world for quite some time. Diabetic patients are more likely to develop periodontal disease, which in turn, can increase blood sugar and diabetic complications.
People with diabetes are more likely to have periodontal disease than people without diabetes due to the diabetes making sufferers more susceptible to contracting infections.
Generally speaking, periodontal disease is often considered a complication of diabetes. With people who don’t have their diabetes under control even more at risk.
Research has suggested that the relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease goes both ways – periodontal disease may make it more difficult for people who have diabetes to control their blood sugar.
Severe periodontal disease can increase blood sugar, contributing to increased periods of time when the body functions with a high blood sugar. This puts people with diabetes at increased risk for diabetic complications.
For the nearly 30 million Americans who have diabetes, periodontal disease came as an unexpected complication.
Diabetics can work to prevent gum disease by controlling their blood glucose level, and by taking good care of your teeth and gums. It is also suggested to stay on top of regular checkups every six months.
Another side effect involving dental health for those suffering from diabetes is thrush. To control thrush, a fungal infection, maintain good diabetic control, avoid smoking and, if you wear them, remove and clean dentures daily.
Scheduling an appointment for your first check up after receiving news of diabetes doesn’t have to be intimidating. Denver gum disease specialists will make you feel comfortable and provide you with the information you need.
People with diabetes have special needs and our dentists and hygienists are equipped to meet those needs—with your help. Keep your dentist and hygienist informed of any changes in your condition and any medication you might be taking. Postpone any non-emergency dental procedures if your blood sugar is not in good control.