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There’s a Strong Link Between Diabetes and Gum Disease

March 29, 2024

Diabetics face many challenges in keeping their insulin under control. Gum disease (gingivitis) is one of the main complications of this chronic, metabolic disease. Choosing a superior periodontist is crucial for maintaining optimal oral health. The office of PerioCare Hawaii is your ideal partner in your oral care journey. Our team is made up of highly trained and experienced professionals who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal diseases. 

Gingivitis develops when the buildup of bacteria on and around your teeth reaches your gums. Diabetics have a more serious inflammatory reaction to the bacteria than someone without diabetes. 

Gums disease leads to greater difficulty in controlling blood sugar. Untreated gingivitis can cause periodontitis, which is a corrosion of your jaw bone that can bring on gum damage and loose teeth. Periodontitis is more common in diabetics who don’t keep their disease under control. 

Indications of gum disease include constant bad breath (halitosis), teeth that are sensitive or loose, and gums that are red, swollen and/or bloody. Diabetics with periodontal disease that’s somewhat advanced have more trouble controlling their blood sugars. 

Depending on how advanced their gum disease is, they may need antibiotics, oral surgery or a deep cleaning. A deep cleaning procedure, also known as scaling and root planning, gets rid of tartar (hardened minerals) that have adhered to teeth. Many people with diabetes who go to a periodontist for treatment of gum inflammation or disease see a positive change in their blood glucose levels practically right away.

Ward off gum disease by avoiding acidic beverages (coffee, high-citrus juices, sports drinks, soda, hot and cold tea), which erode enamel and promote decay. Floss between each tooth every day; gently slide the floss up and down, and back and forth. Take two minutes twice a day to gently brush your teeth and all four (upper and lower, interior and exterior) gum lines with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Your mission is to eradicate plaque buildup. Lightly brush your tongue to get rid of bacteria and food particles in its crevices. 

With a focus on gum health and related structures, PerioCare Hawaii brings a deep understanding of the complexities of periodontal conditions. Our expertise allows us to provide tailored treatment plans that cater to your specific needs. Please call us today to make an appointment. 

Periocare, the office of Braden C. Seamons, DDS is the most technologically advanced periodontal practice in Hawaii. Our innovative approach includes state of the art Laser Surgery, an implant system with unequalled biologic compatibility and 21st century 3D Imaging.