Do Your Gums Get Hurt When You Struggle with Diabetes?
Posted on 7/20/2018 by Dr. Dennison
Diabetes can be a terrible disease. Between poor circulation in the extremities, issues with digesting certain types of food, and other complications, many people find that managing the disease is a full time task.
On top of it all, did you ever stop to consider the impact that diabetes can have on your gum tissue? We see a number of patients who have this disease, and few of them are aware of what that means for their gums.
Diabetes and Your Gum Tissue
Keep in mind that your gums are made up of living tissue. This means that the tissue needs to have an adequate supply of oxygen and nutrients in order to function properly. In a normal body, the blood vessels running through the gum tissue carry enough blood to provide the gums with these elements.
However, diabetes can slow down or reduce the flow of blood to your gum tissue. This means that your gums may not be getting as much oxygen and other nutrients as you might think. The end result is that they can be more susceptible to infection and other problems.
Caring for Your Gums
We encourage all of our patients to engage in regular dental hygiene practices to help ensure the health of their gums. This is especially true for those who have diabetes. If you have diabetes, you need to be aware that your gum tissue is at a heightened risk for gum disease.
This means you need to be especially careful to care for your gums. On top of regular brushing and flossing, it is very important that you regularly come see us for a deep and thorough cleaning.
Diabetes can hurt your gums, but you can fight back. If you have any questions on this matter, please contact us at your earliest convenience.