Are Gum Disease And Diabetes Linked?

Are Gum Disease And Diabetes Linked?There is a link between gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) and diabetes (both Type 1 and Type 2). The link between gum disease and diabetes is a two-way street because each condition can effect the other. People living with diabetes are at higher risk of developing gum disease than people with consistently healthy blood sugar levels. People living with gum disease are at a higher risk of developing diabetes. Along with increasing the risks for developing the conditions, either condition can make the other one harder to control. For instance, gum infections can make it more difficult to regulate blood sugar levels, which is essential for diabetics.  

Gum Disease and Blood Sugar

Research indicates that having any kind of serious gum infection can make it more difficult to control blood sugar levels. Not being able to control blood sugar levels can be life-threatening for people living with diabetes and it can put non-diabetics in danger of developing diabetes. Having a serious infection of any kind can contribute to rising blood glucose levels. Constantly battling rising blood glucose levels can put you at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Because gum disease causes infections to your gums, preventing or managing gum disease can help lower your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Blood Sugar and Flourishing Oral Bacteria

For a person living with either type of diabetes, your body may have a harder time fighting a bacterial infection. High glucose levels in the body make it much easier for bacteria to flourish in the mouth. An increase of harmful oral bacteria in your mouth can lead to a bacterial infection that can cause an inflammation of the gums. Gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums and the first stage of gum disease, can advance into periodontitis when left untreated. Advanced gum disease can lead to tooth loss, receding gums, bone deterioration, and an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and more.

There is a link between gum disease and diabetes

Gum disease is linked to diabetes in a couple of different ways. To schedule a consultation with Smith Family Dentistry in Greenville, TX call us at 903-455-5750. We proudly serve patients from Hunt County, Greenville, Royce City, Sulphur Springs, and all surrounding communities.