I have diabetes.

Characteristics & what to look for

Diabetes is a disease that causes high blood sugar. High blood sugar can contribute to dental complications including periodontal disease. If you are diabetic, you may be at a higher risk for developing periodontal disease. If you already have periodontal disease, you may notice swelling, pain, and drainage from the gums. The drainage may cause you to develop a bad taste in your mouth or bad breath. You may also experience other symptoms of gum disease such as bleeding, sore gums, and mobility of the teeth.

Similar and realted Symptoms

Diabetes and periodontal disease both exhibit few symptoms until the diseases are at an advanced stage. It is essential to screen for both diseases in order to identify them early and discuss treatment options.

Causes of the symptom and effects

Periodontal disease can increase blood sugar levels and the need for more insulin or other medications. If you are taking oral medications for your diabetes, periodontal disease may increase the need for additional medications and/or insulin injections.

What you can do at home to help ease the symptoms

It is important to strictly manage your diabetes and blood sugar levels at home. It is also essential to practice good dental hygiene that includes removing plaque from the teeth by brushing and flossing.

Treatment and how we can help

It is important for your medical and dental provider to work together in order to manage your diabetes and periodontal disease. A collaborative approach is the best action when managing your oral health while living with diabetes.

Long term effects if left untreated and negative progression

If left untreated, high blood sugar will increase the rate of progression of your periodontal disease.