Gum disease is an unexpected complication of diabetes. If left untreated, “gingivitis” (inflammation of the gums) can progress to “periodontitis,” at which point the gums pull away from the teeth to form deepening pockets that collect bacteria and threaten the health of teeth and underlying bone. These gum problems largely stem from the fact that those with diabetes are more susceptible to bacterial infection, which renders them less able to fight the bacteria that collects in pockets that form around the teeth of patients with periodontitis. Moreover, recent research points to the notion that not only are diabetics more susceptible to periodontitis, but periodontitis may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.
Do you or any of your siblings have diabetes? At West Brookfield Dental, we have the skills and tools to ensure that early signs of many conditions are identified. We recommend regular checkups, periodic cleanings, and x-rays when needed. We’re located at 9 West Main St., West Brookfield, where we strive to teach you good oral hygiene. Please call 508.867.2777 to schedule an appointment.
P.S. To prevent gum problems, diabetics must control their blood glucose levels and schedule regular visits to the dentist, who can spot and treat early gum problems.