Hundreds of thousands of people in the UK suffer from diabetes. It is a problem that is becoming worse because of the poor nature of many people’s diets and alcohol consumption. There are many complications with diabetes including heart and kidney problems but one of the least well-known is how it can affect your gums and teeth.
It has also recently emerged that the problem may well be a two-way street. Not only are people with diabetes at a greater risk of gum disease but people with gum disease are more likely to start suffering from diabetes. Serious gum disease has the potential to affect blood glucose levels which will increase the risk of contracting diabetes.
People with diabetes are at a greater risk of gum disease because a weakened immune system makes them more susceptible to infection and disease. Bacteria that builds up in the mouth cannot be as easily removed if you are suffering from diabetes. It is recommended that if you have diabetes you should be making very regular visits to your West London dentist. The dentist will be able to closely monitor your gums for the first sign of disease and infection. Not only will this protect your gums but it will help to keep your teeth and mouth healthy and also interrupt the link between gum disease and heart disease. Controlling gum disease will also help you to deal more effectively with your diabetes by reducing the amount of infection in the body. Your dentist will also be able to give you wider health information about what to do and avoid, to help keep your diabetes under control.