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Periodontal Disease and Diabetes

Periodontal Disease and Diabetes - Newmarket dentists by Woo Dental

When you have diabetes, it is essential to keep your mouth, teeth, and gums healthy. You will still need to schedule a regular dental visit because having diabetes means you are more prone to periodontal diseases.

Different studies reveal that the risk of developing dental problems is three times higher for people with Type 2 diabetes than for those who do not have diabetes.  People with Type 1 diabetes are also prone to dental problems. 

It is a known fact that patients with diabetes have high blood sugar levels. When there is excessive sugar in the blood, it can produce more sugar in the saliva, which is a perfect spot for the bacteria to multiply rapidly.  The bacteria releases chemicals which destroy the teeth and gums. Furthermore, high levels of sugar can cause damage to the blood vessels in the gums, which can be prone to infection. 

The periodontal diseases which can occur when you have diabetes are the following :

  • Gingivitis 
  • Dry mouth
  • Infection of gum tissues
  • Fungal infection
  • Sore mouth
  • Tooth loss
  • Tooth decay
  • Abscesses


Here are tips on how you should put extra care with your mouth and teeth when you have diabetes : 

  1. Always check your blood sugar levels. It helps to monitor your sugar levels and keep them at your targeted range. 
  2. Brush and floss regularly to remove the plaque in your teeth. 
  3. As much as possible, do not smoke because it weakens your immune system. It also affects the healing of your gums. 
  4. Stick to a low-sugar diet. 
  5. If you wear dentures, clean them regularly.
  6. Schedule an appointment with your dentist regularly. 

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