Did you know there’s a link between diabetes and gum disease?

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As everyone knows, there are many complications with diabetes. One of them is that people with diabetes are more likely to have gum disease than people without diabetes. One reason is they 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. 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.

The biggest problem with gum disease is there are usually no obvious symptoms like pain around the teeth. So, many people are unaware they have a problem.

Healthy tissue vs infectedThis picture shows healthy gums and bone versus infected. As you can see, the biggest problem is you lose bone around the teeth. Unfortunately, this usually does not hurt at all.

Some signs and symptoms include:

  • Loose teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
  • Tender, swollen or red gums
  • Hard deposits on teeth (especially lower front teeth)

At Cashion & Cody, we use a special Laser Gum Treatment . Numerous studies have shown that getting gum treatment markedly improves diabetic control. Today, Gum disease is easily treated without surgery. The new Laser Gum Treatment is truly miraculous!! Call us at 281-815-4188 to make your appointment today.