Periodontal Disease and Diabetes

Diabetes is a serious disease in which the body’s ability to produce insulin – a hormone needed to convert sugar, starches and other foods into energy – is hindered. People who have diabetes know about the adverse effects that the disease can have on their eyes, nerves, heart, kidneys and other systems in the body. What most of them do not know is that diabetes can also cause oral problems.

People with diabetes are at a much greater risk of developing periodontal disease – an infection of the gum and bone that supports the teeth. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. It also makes it difficult to control the blood sugar in the body, and can increase the level of sugar in blood, making it crucial for patients with diabetes to visit a dentist in order to have periodontal infections treated and eliminated.
Sadly, some people who have diabetes do not know that they have it because it does not always present warning signs until it becomes too late. Common warning signs of diabetes include:
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%u2981    Blurred vision
%u2981    Constant fatigue
%u2981    Weight loss without trying
%u2981    Poor wound healing (cuts or bruises that are slow to heal)
%u2981    Dry mouth
%u2981    Itchy, dry skin
%u2981    Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet

Periodontal disease, however, presents clear warning signs. These warning signs include:
%u2981    Red and swollen gums that often bleed during brushing or flossing and are tender to the touch
%u2981    Gums that have pulled away from the teeth exposing the roots
%u2981    Milky white or yellowish plaque deposits, which are usually heaviest between the teeth
%u2981    Pus between the teeth and gums accompanied by tenderness or swelling in the gum area
%u2981    A consistent foul, offensive odour from the mouth

If you are experiencing any of the above-mentioned warning signs of periodontal disease, contact Corne Smith Dentistry – a dentist in Claremont – today.