Did you know that periodontal diseases and diabetes are closely linked?

And it’s not just that! Periodontal disease could be due to diabetes, especially when it is managed incorrectly. Since people suffering from diabetes are more likely to develop infections, diabetic patients have to take special precautions when it comes to periodontal diseases or gum recession.

A periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that attacks tissues surrounding the teeth. As the infection develops, it digs deeper and deeper to the point where it can attack the gum itself and the bone, which can lead to the loss of the tooth.

Diabetes is the consequence of a high level of a sugar called glucose in the blood. Type II Diabetes occurs when the body is unable to maintain a stable level of insulin in the blood, whereas type I occurs when the body doesn’t create any insulin at all.

So how are periodontal disease and diabetes connected?

The gum recession caused by periodontal disease is like an open door to everything that enters the mouth. When they eat sugar, patients with receding gums will have an abnormally high increase of blood sugar levels. Furthermore, periodontal bacteria feed on sugar in the mouth, which has the effect of maintaining or increasing the level of infection, thus creating a vicious cycle.

Anything that is not removed by brushing and flossing will leave a residue around the teeth. These residues form a colony that will quickly spread to the gum. Good oral hygiene is the key to avoiding serious problems for people suffering from diabetes.

Every diabetic should visit their dentist yearly, or even twice a year if need be! X-rays, preventative checkups, and regular cleanings will help stop problems before they start.