Is Gum Disease Linked To Diabetes?

Is Gum Disease Linked To Diabetes? Yes, gum disease is linked to diabetes. Each condition can have an effect on each other, so the link between gum disease and diabetes is a two-way street.  Diabetics are at higher risk of developing gum disease than people with consistently healthy blood sugar levels. Research indicates that having any kind of serious gum infection can make it more difficult to control blood sugar levels, which can be dangerous for diabetics and also increase the risk of developing diabetes. This means that taking care of your gum health, whether you have diabetes or not, is essential. While these two health conditions can make the other more difficult to control, there are still ways that you can manage the risks and the conditions. 

Gum Disease’s Effect On Diabetes

Having a serious infection may contribute to rising blood glucose levels. This means that having gum disease can make managing Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes more difficult and potentially more dangerous. Even if you are not already a diabetic, managing your gum health is important. Rising blood glucose levels can put you at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, which means that preventing gum disease can help you to prevent an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetics Can Be at a Higher Risk For Gum Disease

For a person living with either type of diabetes, it can be more difficult to defend the body from a bacterial infection. High glucose levels in the body also make it much easier for bacteria to flourish in the mouth. Flourishing bacteria in your mouth can lead to a bacterial infection that can create inflammation of the gums. Gingivitis, inflammation of the gums, is the first stage of gum disease. Left to progress, it can advance into periodontitis to cause further risk to your health.


Your periodontal health is important to your overall health

The link between your gums and the rest of your body makes gum health important. Dr. Everett can help you manage periodontal disease. To schedule a consultation at High Plains Periodontics, email or call 806-686-1262. Dr. Everett’s office serves the residents of Lubbock, TX, and surrounding West Texas communities.