Diabetes and Periodontal Disease

Individuals suffering from diabetes – especially uncontrolled diabetics – have a higher risk of developing bacterial infections of the mouth. These infections may impair your ability to process insulin, resulting in greater difficulty with controlling your diabetes.

Steps to prevent periodontal disease include daily brushing and flossing to remove plaque from your teeth and gums, regular dental visits for professional cleaning, and regular periodontal evaluation. And finally, you can help resist infection by maintaining control of your blood sugar levels.

Periodontal diseases affecting persons with diabetes will be more severe than those of a non-diabetic and will be more difficult to treat therefore early detection of periodontal disease is key! If you are one of the millions of Americans living with diabetes and/or periodontal disease, call one of our offices for a periodontal evaluation.