Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Diabetes and Gum Disease

Over the weekend Dr. David Stevens and his family participated in the 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes to support a family friend who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was just 8 years old.
Diabetes affects your body’s ability to process sugar. The resulting high blood sugar can cause problems with your eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and other parts of your body - including your teeth. Diabetes can lower your resistance to infection and slow the healing process, so people with diabetes have a decreased ability to fight germs that invade the gums and are twice as likely to develop serious gum disease.

Gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. In the early stages, gum disease is reversible so make sure you go to the dentist immediately if you have any symptoms - whether you have diabetes or not! You can prevent gum disease by brushing twice daily, flossing daily, and going to the dentist at least every six months. Don't leave out those dental visits because sometimes gum disease is painless.

We are grateful for those who choose to smile despite living with diabetes - they are an inspiration!

Info from the American Dental Association and Colgate


  1. True. Even elders should know about it.

  2. Gum disease can be terrible. A gradual weakening of our gums can lead to tooth loss; forcing us to alter our diet and meaning that we lose our award winning smile. It is therefore vitally important that treatment for gum disease is sought as soon as it is identified. And it can be more complicated for diabetes patients. So they should be careful and follow your tips. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. It is true that if the gum disease is diagnosed at early stage then it’s fully curable. Few months back I consulted with a East Harlem dentists for gum disease treatment and he shared a few tips with me to maintain good oral hygiene which is essential to prevent this sort of disease. People will come to know a few more important tips from your post which definitely help them to get rid of gum disease. Thanks for the informative post.


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