Three million people have been diagnosed with diabetes in the UK, with doctors estimating a further 850,000 undiagnosed cases. Long-term complications of the condition are well documented and can be life-limiting. They include blindness, kidney problems, amputation of the feet and cardiovascular disease.
But did you know that diabetes can also affect your mouth and increase the risk of developing periodontal diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis?
Diabetes and periodontal disease (gum disease)
The link between Diabetes and periodontal disease (also known as “gum disease”) has been known for many years. However, it was only in 2012 that scientists proved that gum disease can cause Type 2 diabetes.
We all know that prevention is better than cure. To that effect, Life Dental & Wellbeing is committed to helping patients reduce their risk of developing diabetes by establishing and maintaining a good oral health routine. The prevention and treatment of gum disease are at the core of the philosophy of our dental practice.
Watch our video showcasing how we’ve helped a diabetic patient with her gum problems.
Diabetic clinic at Life Dental & Wellbeing
If you’re already diabetic (Type 1 or Type 2), we would recommend that you attend our specialist Diabetic Clinic. Why is that?
That’s because recent research has shown that good gum care can help reduce blood sugar levels, thus aiding to control diabetes. Another complication of diabetes is the thickening of blood vessels, which could lead to gums and bone tissue being more prone to infection.
For these reasons, we would recommend all diabetics to come and see us on a regular basis to help keep their mouths in optimum health.
Patients who may be pre-diabetic could also benefit from attending our clinic as early treatment could potentially prevent the full onset of the condition.