Diabetes and Gum Disease

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Did you know that diabetics are more likely to have gum disease than people without diabetes? One reason is that diabetics are more susceptible to contracting infections…..and gum disease is exactly that…..an infection!  In fact, periodontal disease is often considered the sixth complication of diabetes, and uncontrolled diabetics are especially at risk for developing this terrible disease.

A study in the Journal of Periodontology found that poorly controlled type 2 diabetic patients are more likely to develop periodontal disease than well-controlled diabetics.

The astonishing thing is that research has emerged that suggests that the relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes goes both ways – periodontal disease may make it more difficult for people who have diabetes to control their blood sugar.


Severe gum disease can increase blood sugar. This puts diabetics at increased risk for diabetic complications. Thus, diabetics who have gum disease should be treated immediately to eliminate the periodontal infection. 

Numerous studies have shown that getting gum treatment markedly improves diabetic control. Today, Gum disease is easily treated without surgery. The professional hygienists clean with a very gentle ultrasonic and if surgery is needed the new laser gum treatment is truly miraculous!!