Did you know that diabetics are more likely to develop gum problems? Read on to find out about causes and care for receding or swollen gum problems
How can Diabetes put me at risk of developing serious gum problems?
Many people may be surprised to learn that there is a connection between diabetes and gum problems. Clinical studies have shown that patients with diabetes are more likely to develop serious gum problems. This may eventually lead to loss of teeth and other complications.
Periodontitis, a severe gum problem, is caused by the build-up of plaque on your teeth. Plaque affects the gums and bone surrounding the teeth. If left untreated, periodontitis leads to loosened gums and loss of teeth.
Diabetes may impair the body’s natural resistance to protect against germs. This means that diabetics are more sensitive to infections and restore slower. Compared with non-diabetic individuals, the risk of periodontitis is three times more likely in diabetics.
If you have diabetes, look out for these symptoms of serious gum problems
a) Persistent bad breath
b) Bleeding gums during brushing, flossing or eating
c) Red, swollen gums
d) Pain or soreness in the gums
e) Receding gums
f) Teeth feel loose or shaky
DIABETES AND MANAGING GUM HEALTH