Diabetes is becoming far more prevalent in the UK. Statistics show that the numbers diagnosed with this condition have increased from 1.4 million in 1996, to 2.4 million in 2012. Most will be diagnosed with Type II diabetes. It is a growing problem throughout the developed world, and many people are unaware of the effect this disease could have on their lives, not least on their oral health.

A lot of research has been carried out into the way diabetes is linked to periodontal (gum) disease. Both are inflammatory conditions, and it is suspected that diabetes could be a risk factor for increasing the severity of periodontal disease. Additionally, having periodontal disease can make it more difficult for diabetics to control their blood sugar levels, increasing the chance of developing other complications due to this disease.

How Are These Conditions Connected?

This is because uncontrolled or poorly controlled diabetes can increase the amount of glucose in the saliva, and this is perfect for the bacteria in the mouth that will be able to use the glucose as an energy source. This will allow them to multiply, and as they do so they will inflame and infect the gums, causing gum disease. Infected gums will bleed, so anyone who has periodontal disease is likely to find their gums bleed very easily. Bleeding gums are a great access point for the bacteria in the mouth, allowing them to enter the body through the bloodstream. Once they have done this it is through they travel around the body, creating new areas of inflammation that can exacerbate conditions such as diabetes through making it more difficult to control blood sugar levels. So what is the answer?

Preventative Dental Care at Parrock Street

Preventative dental care is important for everyone, and is something that Dr Rik Trivedi and his dental team can help you to attain. People who have, or who are at risk of developing diabetes will need to be especially vigilant over their oral care, and it is possible that Dr Trivedi will recommend more frequent check-ups so he can keep an eye out  for any signs of gum disease. Early treatment can help to reduce the risk of tooth loss. This is always desirable, but is particularly important for diabetics as they may not be suitable for dental implants in Kent. This is because diabetes makes it far more difficult for the gums to heal after surgery, increasing the risk of failure.

If you are diabetic, or are at risk of developing this condition then be sure to let our dentists in Kent know at your next appointment. If you’d like to have a check-up then you can call us on 01474 537191, or you can email us with any questions on info@parrockdental.co.uk