Gum Disease and Diabetes: Don’t Take Chances

Dr. Bolding and our hygiene team want to make sure you know the connection between gum disease and diabetes. Gum disease is often called a complication of diabetes, so you need to be vigilant about both!

Here are 5 risks you should know about gum disease and diabetes:

  1. If you are a diabetic, you are more likely to develop infections, including gum disease.
  2. Gum disease can make it more difficult for anyone to control blood sugar… especially if you are diabetic.
  3. Uncontrolled blood sugar can increase your risk of complications.
  4. Diabetes is a major risk factor for systemic illnesses including Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular diseases. Both have been linked to advance gum disease.
  5. Nearly 26 million North Americans, including kids, are affected by diabetes. An estimated 79 million adults aged 20 years or older have “pre-diabetes” where blood sugar is higher than normal.

If you are diabetic or pre-diabetic, we can help you keep gum disease under control through routine dental care and oral hygiene instruction.


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