Individuals suffering from diabetes have defects in small blood vessels, not only in the extremities (toes and fingers) and the retina of the eye but also in the gums. People with diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop periodontal disease.
The immune system of a diabetic is compromised and people with diabetes and periodontal disease tend to experience more advanced bone loss and can be in a more advanced stage of periodontal disease which can lead to tooth loss.
It can be difficult for patients to have a healthy lifestyle once teeth are lost and this can have a negative impact on a diabetic’s ability to maintain proper nutrition and healthy sugar levels.
Steps to prevent periodontal disease include daily brushing and flossing to remove plaque from your teeth and gums, regular dental visits for professional cleaning and regular periodontal evaluation.