DID YOU KNOW DIABETES CAN CONTRIBUTE TO TOOTH
If you are an adult with type 1 or type 2
diabetes and your blood sugar control is
sometimes not as good as your doctor or nurse
wants it to be, you can lose some or all
of your teeth from a serious type of gum
infection called periodontal disease. Diabetes
may lower your ability to fight the germs
that cause periodontal (gum) disease.
WHAT IS PERIODONTAL DISEASE AND WHY DOES
IT HAVE TO BE DIAGNOSED AND TREATED?
Periodontal or gum disease is a serious gum
infection that can lead to tooth loss and
might prevent you from achieving the nutritional
goals set by your doctor or diabetes educator.
If not detected by a dentist or hygienist
or if left untreated, periodontal disease
can cause an infection that destroys the
bone supporting your teeth. As the gum disease
progresses, symptoms might include tooth
loosening or shifting, bad breath, or bleeding
gums. Periodontal disease can worsen blood
glucose control and vice versa.
If your blood glucose is high or fluctuates,
you are at risk of developing severe periodontal