Diabetes & Gum Disease

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How one affects the other…….

There is overwhelming evidence that periodontal disease is directly linked to diabetes…Those with gum disease are at high risk for diabetes and 95% of those with diabetes have gum disease!  It’s a startling fact that half of our adult population has periodontal disease and close to one third of diabetics remain undiagnosed.

Gum disease can signal more than just diabetes.  It can also point to serious systemic illnesses like heart disease, stroke, some concerns, and osteoporosis.  It can also advance with little to no symptoms, so be on the lookout for:

  • Red, swollen, or receding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Bleeding when brushing, flossing, or eating
  • A change in your bite.

The good news is that gum disease is preventable and even reversible!  Brushing twice daily, flossing every day, and keeping dental appointments go a long way to promoting healthy gums and overall health.  If you’re diabetic, it’s important to be extra diligent to prevent gum disease from influencing blood sugar levels and causing further complications.  Phone our practice for an appointment to catch up on your re-care schedule!

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