If you’re diabetic, beware of gum disease! This harmful condition affects 80% of Americans, and you may not know you have it. Gum disease, clinically known as periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection of the mouth. In the early stage, symptoms may not exist. However, mild to significant redness, swelling, tenderness, and bleeding of the gums may indicate the presence of gum disease.
Checkups are extremely important in the fight against gum disease because plaque, and hardened plaque called tartar are the primary causes of the condition. However, diabetics are more prone than others to develop periodontal disease – and resulting complications.
According to perio.org, the website for the American Academy of Periodontology, “Severe periodontal disease can increase blood sugar, contributing to increased periods of time when the body functions with a high blood sugar. This puts diabetics at increased risk for diabetic complications. Thus, diabetics who have periodontal disease should be treated to eliminate the periodontal infection.” (more…)