Those with diabetes might be surprised to find out that they are actually at a greater risk of developing gum diseases such as periodontitis and gingivitis (early stages of gum disease). Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease where pockets form between the teeth and the gum which fill with bacteria and pus. A surgical procedure is performed in an effort to save the teeth and the surrounding bone. If nothing is done serious complication can result along with the removal of all your teeth. Informing your dentist that you have diabetes puts you in the best position as your dentist is well equipped to handle the specific needs that come with the condition.

Research also suggests that bacterial infection of the gums can cause fluctuations in blood glucose levels. As a result diabetics need to spend special care in caring for their teeth as they are more susceptible to these bacterial infections. A proper oral care routine of regular brushing and flossing coupled with regular dental checkups are a diabetic’s best form of defence against gum diseases.