The Connection Between Periodontal Disease and Diabetes

It has been estimated that as many as half of all Americans may suffer from some degree of periodontal disease, a progressive inflammation of the gums . If you have diabetes, you should be particularly careful about having your teeth and gums checked by your dentist on a regular basis, since statistics show that people with diabetes are more likely to contract periodontal disease.

There are a number of reasons why diabetes can raise a person’s risk of periodontal disease. It is believed that diabetes interferes with the immune system and makes a person more vulnerable to infections. Mouth wounds also take longer to heal for people who have diabetes, which can exacerbate mouth infections and make gum disease more likely.

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If you are interested in learning more about how to prevent gum disease, contact the experienced dentists at University Associates in Dentistry in Chicago. We pride ourselves on offering a comfortable atmosphere, state-of-the-art techniques, and patient-friendly care. You can  visit our website  for more information, or call (312) 704-5511 to schedule an appointment.