Diabetes affects 30 million Americans each year. These people experience many complications that stem from their diabetes. Lots of them are commonly known, while others are not as frequently discussed.
One complication that is not as commonly discussed is the increased chance to develop gum disease. However, gum disease should be discusses in the same breath as heart conditions, stroke, and kidney disease when talking about the side effects of diabetes. The interesting part about gum disease and diabetes is that they work to develop one another. The reason for this, is that if your gum disease becomes serious enough, it can affect how your body controls your blood glucose levels.
Below is a list of reasons why people with diabetes are more likely to develop gum disease:
- Diabetes lowers your ability to fight off disease and illness.
- Diabetes restricts your blood flow to areas of your body, including your gums.
- Diabetes raises the amount of sugar in your mouth.
If you have diabetes, it is especially important to brush and floss properly. You should also not neglect your dental checkups.