Diabetes and Periodontal Disease
Diabetes Information Page

Did you know diabetes could cause problems in your mouth? People with diabetes have a higher than normal risk of periodontal diseases, infections of the gum and bone that hold the teeth in place. In advanced stages, they lead to painful chewing problems, tooth loss and infection, making it hard to keep your blood sugar under control.

How Does Periodontal Disease Develop?

How Is Periodontal Disease Treated?

In the early stages, the dentist or periodontist will use deep cleaning to remove hardened plaque and infected tissue under the gum and smooth the damaged root surfaces of teeth. For the person with controlled diabetes, periodontal or oral surgery can usually be done in the dentist's office. Because of diabetes, healing may take more time.

Keep Your Teeth. If You Have Diabetes...

Source: Diabetes and Periodontal Disease, A Guide for Patients; National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, NIH

Last updated June 3, 2002