whats the link between gum disease and diabetes?

Diabetes can lead to health complications such as heart, kidney and eye disease, and can also seriously affect the health of your mouth. Research has shown that people with poor diabetes control are more likely to develop oral infections.

Research has shown that people with diabetes may be at more risk of infections, including gum disease, thrush infections in the mouth (especially if wearing dentures) and tooth decay.  Conversely, it seems that poor oral health may make diabetes control more difficult, which is why it is so important for people with diabetes to keep their mouth healthy.

Studies now confirm that people with poor diabetes control are twice as likely to develop periodontitis compared to people who do not have diabetes. On the other hand, people with good diabetes control show no increased risk for developing periodontitis.

If you have diabetes, what you can do?

Work closely with your doctor to ensure good diabetes. Talk to your dentist or hygienist about gum disease and whether it is a potential problem for you and your overall health. Make sure you visit your medical and dental professionals on a regular basis.

If you are concerned about possible symptoms of diabetes, it is important to see your doctor for tests and be sure to mention it at your next dental check.