November 30, 2015

If you have diabetes, you are unfortunately at an increased risk for gum disease. Since your body has a hard time regulating sugars, excess sugars can lead to an increase in oral bacteria. If the bacteria are left in the mouth, it can lead to infection like periodontal (gum) disease. Fortunately, there are measures you can take to greatly lessen your chances of acquiring gum disease.

Gum Disease Warning Signs

Many individuals often are unaware that they suffer from Periodontal Disease. In order to catch it early and avoid gum disease dangers, it is important to be aware of certain warning signs. These can include:

  • Bleeding gums after brushing and flossing
  • Gums that are red, swollen, or tender
  • Longer looking teeth, which can be a sign of gums pulling away from the teeth
  • Puss between gums and teeth when applying pressure
  • Chronic bad breath
  • A newly uneven bite or uneven fit of dentures or bridges

Gum Disease Prevention

To prevent gum disease, it is important to employ good oral hygiene habits. Regulating your blood sugars is the most important component to oral health; however, there are other daily measures you should take, such as brushing and flossing your teeth on a regular basis. These seemingly mundane routines help keep your mouth free of bacteria that can lead to plague and gingivitis.

Working with Your Medical Professionals

If you have diabetes, there are certain things you will want to discuss with your doctor and dentist, as well as some preventive measures you will want to take when getting any sort of treatment. Some of these discussions and measures are:

  • Letting your dentist know how well you are able to control your diabetes
  • Seeing your doctor before any treatment for periodontal disease, and having your doctor discuss your condition with the dentist or periodontist before treatment
  • Changing the time of oral medications and insulin before oral surgery
  • Postponing procedures of a non-emergent nature if your blood sugar is not stable

To see a periodontist in Eden Prairie, MN, schedule an appointment with PerioWest, Dr. Andres R. Sanchez, at 952.479.705.



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