Patients with diabetes are more prone to gum disease, or periodontitis, because the disease can cause an imbalance in mouth bacteria (called the oral microbiome). Controlling bacteria in the mouth is critical to maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
In the laboratory study, mice with diabetes had:
– Gum disease, a serious form called periodontitis
– Bone loss around the teeth
– Immunity deficits
It’s very critical to brush and floss regularly to keep gums healthy. Bleeding gums are a sign of gum disease and should be reported to your dentist. It’s important to see your dentist at least twice a year for exams and cleanings, to diagnose and treat problems before complications develop.
Further information regarding the link between diabetes and gum disease can be found at https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/318447.php.