Do you suffer from bleeding, swollen gums, loose teeth or have difficulty chewing food?
Watch out, because those are all signs of gum disease (periodontal disease).
Gum disease is an infection of the gum, bone and tissues which can eventually result in an unstable base for your teeth, which can even lead to them falling out or needing removal.
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 of gum tissues. High saliva sugar levels associated with diabetes promote the growth of bacteria which causes gum disease.
Smoking and poor oral hygiene for people with diabetes significantly heightens the incidence of gum disease.
Click here to learn how you can prevent gum disease.