Most of us would’ve heard of diabetes, isn’t it? For those of you who don’t know, it is a disease in which the sugar level in the body is very high either because insulin production is not sufficient or if the body doesn’t respond properly to insulin or both.  This can cause problems to the eye, brain, kidneys in the long run if not treated.

Recently, its links with gum disease have also come to light. It’s shocking but yes, it’s right! Gum disease and diabetes are linked to each other and it’s a two-way relationship.

  1. In a poorly controlled diabetic patient, there is a high chance he/she can have gum disease.
  1. Also, the mere presence of gum disease can end up aggravating already existing diabetes and make it more difficult to control the blood sugar.

Do not panic. These are my two important suggestions to patients with a history of diabetes or who have been diagnosed with gum disease:

 

  1. In case you have diabetes

Go for a dental check-up. You may have gum disease that you weren’t previously aware of. Getting your gum disease treated can reduce diabetes from getting aggravated.

 

  1. If your dentist has diagnosed you with gum disease

If you have been diagnosed with gum disease and/or if your parents have/had diabetes, its time to get your sugar levels checked. A routine check can help you identify diabetes which you were otherwise oblivious to. Better late than never, right?

Either way, the presence of one, generally can lead to the finding the other. But it does not necessarily mean that everytime you have diabetes, you will have gum disease or vice versa. It is only a probability. The routine check-up is only for you to be healthier in the long run.

 

About the author:

Dr. Paresh Lotlekar is the Founder and Director of Studio32 Dental Care Pvt. Ltd. He has completed his BDS from Goa Dental College and Hospital and MDS from the prestigious KLE University, Belgaum. He offers passionate insight and smart advice on oral health and wellness through his blogs. Connect with him at drpareshlotlekar@gmail.com.

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