Tuesday, May 10, 2011

How can diabetes hurt my teeth and gums?

Tooth and gum issues can happen to anyone. A sticky film full of germs, called plaque, builds up on your teeth. High blood glucose helps germs, also called bacteria, develop. Then you can get red, sore, and swollen gums that little bleed when you brush your teeth.

People with diabetes can have tooth and gum problems more frequently if their blood glucose stays high. High blood glucose can build tooth and gum problems worse. You can still lose your teeth.

Smoking makes it more probable for you to get a bad case of gum disease, particularly if you have diabetes and are age 45 or older.

Red, sore, and bleeding gums are the begin sign of gum disease. These problems can lead to periodontitis. Periodontitis is an infection in the gums and the cram that holds the teeth in place. If the infection gets worse, your gums may pull off from your teeth, making your teeth look long.

Call your local dentist if you think you have problems with your teeth or gums.

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