Gum disease is a serious dental health issue that affects millions of people in the United States. However, periodontal disease may also be linked with another common health problem: diabetes. Dr. Diep Truong discusses the possible link between diabetes and periodontal disease. She also offers tips for identifying and potentially preventing the onset of gum disease.

Frequently Asked Questions About Periodontal Disease and Diabetes

Question: What causes gum disease?

Answer: Periodontal disease develops when the gums become inflamed, eventually pulling away from the teeth and forming pockets at the gum line. Once bacteria invade these pockets, patients develop periodontal disease.

Question: How do I know if I have periodontal disease?

Answer: Symptoms of gum disease include sore, red gums that bleed easily. Patients may also notice swelling, receding gums, chronic bad breath, and even loose teeth. If any of these symptoms seem familiar, please see your dentist right away for a diagnosis.

Question: How is periodontal disease linked to type 2 diabetes?

Answer: People with diabetes experience high glucose levels and swelling of the blood vessels. Both of these factors can significantly increase the odds of developing gum disease. In addition, advanced gum disease, or periodontitis, is more likely for people with diabetes. Periodontitis often leads to adult tooth loss.

Question: What can I do to prevent gum problems?

Answer: To help avoid periodontal disease, we recommend brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once. This helps remove the bacteria that can inflame your gums. In addition, you should have a professional dental cleaning at least twice a year. Finally, avoid using tobacco products, as this can increase your chances of developing periodontal disease. If you have any questions or concerns about periodontal disease, or would like to schedule a checkup or cleaning, please contact Dr. Truong today.

About Your Dallas, TX Dentist:

Dallas TX dentist, Dr. Diep Truong, DDS offers a comfortable dental care employing the latest in cutting-edge dental technology. Our patients in Dallas and Richardson have access to innovative preventive, cosmetic, and restorative procedures. To schedule an appointment, call Viva Dental Family Dentistry at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson).