Gum disease is an infection of the gum, bone and tissues which can result in an unstable base for your teeth, leading to pain, sensitivity or infection.

Gum disease is a primary cause of tooth loss, and is often linked to diabetes. Diabetes slows blood circulation, which can contribute to the onset of infections. High saliva sugar levels often associated with diabetes promotes the growth of bacteria which causes gum disease.

Smoking and poor oral hygiene for people with diabetes significantly increases the incidence of gum disease. What are the signs of gum disease?

  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen and red gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Difficulty in chewing or biting food

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  • Control your sugar levels
  • Maintain good oral hygiene
  • Maintain a proper and balanced diet
  • Avoid smoking
  • Visit your dentist regularly for cleanings

Early detection of gum disease can lead to proper treatment and eventual reversal of the disease. If not treated, gum disease may lead to serious bone and tooth loss.