The Link Between Diabetes And Gum Disease

The Link Between Diabetes And Gum DiseaseDid you know that November is Diabetes Awareness Month? While the month may be nearly over, there is still time to bring awareness to the disease and its link to oral health. Periodontal (gum) disease and diabetes are linked. Type 1, Type 2, and even gestational diabetes can lead to an increased risk for gum disease. Gum disease in a person living with diabetes can cause problems in blood sugar regulation. Dr. Jing and the team at 7 Day Dental in Fort Worth, Texas can help you to better understand your own smile and the connection to your overall health. 

A Smile At Risk

Someone living with any type of diabetes has an overall increased risk of infection. This increased risk of infection can make a person living with diabetes more susceptible to gum disease. A diabetic is also more likely to have higher glucose levels in the mouth, which can create a hospitable environment for the harmful bacteria that can cause gum disease. These two things create a perfect storm of high-risk of gum disease for a diabetic smile. This makes preventive measures like good oral hygiene, mindful nutrition, and routine dental visits important.

Increased Danger for Diabetics

A person living with diabetes must monitor and regulate their blood sugar levels. Spikes in either direction can be dangerous and potentially life-threatening. An infection can cause increased blood sugar in the body. Gum disease, which is a constant infection, can be a danger for someone living with diabetes. It is important to try to prevent gum disease or try to catch it early or try to manage it if it begins. Doing any of these can help make it easier to manage blood glucose levels. If you have diabetes and periodontal disease, it is important to talk to your dentist, your doctor, or your endocrinologist.

There is a link between diabetes and gum disease

Diabetes and gum disease have a two-way link between them. To schedule a consultation, call the 7Day Dental office closest to you! Our offices are located in Fort Worth, TX, at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive. Our Benbrook office is now open, call 817-349-7860.