The relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease can actually go either way. Periodontal disease, and the bacteria it creates, can make controlling blood sugar more difficult for people who already have diabetes. Periodontal disease can become a serious complication of diabetes!

Patients with severe untreated periodontal disease can have an increase in blood sugar. This in turn creates an increased period of time when the body functions with a high blood sugar. That high blood sugar puts people with diabetes at an increased risk for diabetic complications.

Make sure to look for signs of Periodontal disease. If you have constant bad breath that won't go away, red or swollen gums, tender or bleeding gums while brushing, pain while chewing, teeth that are loose, receding gums, or longer appearing teeth.

Make sure to call and make an appointment with your dental provider if you are showing any of these signs and symptoms. They could be more severe then you actually think!