Does A Link Between Gum Disease And Diabetes Exist?

Studies from the Centers for Disease Control show that half of adults over the age of 30 suffer from periodontal disease. In addition to causing discomfort and increasing the risk of tooth loss for our Albuquerque, NM, patients, there is also a link between gum disease and diabetes. With November being National Diabetes Awareness Month, we think this is a perfect time to talk about this connection!

Warning Signs of Gum Trouble

How do you know if you’re vulnerable to periodontal problems? First, people with a family history of gum disease are often more like to develop the problem. Second, factors behind the onset of the disease may include poor oral hygiene, smoking, and chronic illness. Potential warning signs include redness in the gums, sore gums, and bleeding with brushing or flossing. Receding gums or swelling along the gumline could also indicate the presence of gingivitis or gum disease. If one or more of these possible symptoms sounds familiar, then please schedule a visit for a diagnosis as soon as possible.

The Connection

For patients with diabetes, protecting the body against bacterial infection becomes difficult, leading to an increased risk of gum disease forming and leading to the advanced stage, known as periodontitis. Since infections increase the levels of blood sugar, periodontal disease then makes managing your diabetes more difficult. If you have diabetes and are concerned about your smile’s health, then schedule a visit right away.

Keeping Your Smile Free of Periodontal Problems

What can we do to protect your smile? First, routine checkups and cleanings every six months allow us to monitor your smile and remove plaque buildup, a major cause of gum inflammation. At home, you should be brushing and flossing your teeth daily to limit plaque buildup in between your cleanings. If you already show the signs of gingivitis or the early stages of gum disease, then we may suggest a scaling and root planing to help safeguard your smile and mange your periodontal problems.

Do You Have Questions About Gum Health?

At Snow Park Dental, Dr. Mark A. Miller and our team offer general and preventive care to ensure healthy and disease-free gums! Contact us today at 505-299-2979 to schedule a consultation at our Albuquerque, NM, office. We welcome patients and families from Rio Rancho, Corrales, Edgewood, Tijeras, Los Lunas, and all surrounding communities.