According to research, there is a two-way relationship between gum disease and diabetes.
Gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and also contribute to the progression of diabetes.
People with diabetes tend to develop periodontal disease earlier in life. Many people lose teeth from gum disease by the age of 60, however diabetics might start to lose their teeth as early as age 40. Smokers with diabetes are especially at risk for gum disease and tooth loss.
Studies indicate diabetics visit the dentist less often than those without the disease. Regular dentist visits are important because oral diseases such as tooth decay and gum disease are often reversible if they are diagnosed early.
Dentists also check for other common mouth conditions that afflict people with diabetes such as dry mouth, ulcers and infections.
If you have diabetes, make sure you start the New Year off right, and get a dental check up.