Diabetes and Gum Disease

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Diabetics are at risk for damage to their nerves, eyes heart and other organs including the gums. Periodontal disease (gum disease) is an infection of the gum and/or bone that holds the teeth in place and allows them to do their job of masticating food. When gum disease is left untreated it can lead to pain during chewing and eventually, tooth loss. People with unregulated blood sugar are more prone to develop gum disease.

Because diabetics are more prone to periodontal disease, it is important to let the dental professionals at AV Dental know you have that condition. Because blood vessel difficulties are common in diabetes, they can increase gum disease. When blood vessels are not healthy they do not process nutrients correctly and do not effectively eliminate the body’s waste materials, which can weaken resistance of bone and gum tissue and make it prone to infection.

Bacteria thrive on sugar and when diabetes makes regulating blood sugar difficult, bacteria can increase and lead to more gum disease. High glucose levels in diabetic mouths can lead to early gum disease.

Smoking also increases the risk for gum disease and with diabetes, sets the stage for gum disease and other long-term health effects. In fact, if you smoke and have with diabetes and are age 45 or older, you are 20 times more likely than a person without these risk factors to get severe gum disease.

Luckily, the experts at AV dental Associates in Jersey City can assist you with sound advice. Schedule an appointment today to talk to a dentist about what you can do to get ahead of diabetic periodontal disease. If you are already experiencing symptoms of gum disease, we can help! Dr. Arash Vahid and his associates can assess your situation and recommend how to control the existing gum disease and prevent further damage.