Gum Disease and Diabetes

Gum Disease and Diabetes

A recent article in The Nursing Times highlights the relationship between periodontal (gum) disease and diabetes, which is not widely known or spoken about.

Evidence is continuously mounting in regards to oral health and systemic health conditions such as cardiovascular disease and respiratory infections. But it is also evident that people with diabetes are more likely than the general population to experience periodontal disease, dry mouth, taste disturbances, dental decay and oral thrush; the effect is greater when blood sugars are not well controlled.

Mouth Care Matters

  • Thoroughly clean your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Floss or use Interdental brushes between teeth- ideally before tooth brushing.
  • Don’t rinse your mouth with water immediately after brushing (this dilutes the preventative effect of the toothpaste).
  • Don’t use toothpicks to remove food between your teeth (this can damage the gums and lead to infection)
  • Make sure you attend regular dental check-ups and know when to seek advice.