Diabetes and Gum

Diabetes and Gum

The association between diabetes and periodontal disease is bidirectional. Ie Diabetes triples the risk of gum problems like periodontitis and this in turn may adversely affect the metabolic control of the level of blood sugar (glucose), thereby increasing the risk of other problems associated with disease. However, periodontal complications of diabetes are the least known among the population.

He explains Professor David Herrera, president of the Spanish Society of Periodontology (SEPA), which addressed the clinical implications of the association between diabetes and periodontal diseases in the Scientific Sessions Memorial for World Diabetes Day, the Royal National Academy of Medicine (ANPR) held on 14 November, in collaboration with Colgate and scientific participation of the Spanish Society of Periodontology and Osseointegration (SEPA) and the Spanish Society of Diabetes (SED).

Periodontal diseases are more frequent and often more advanced in people with diabetes than in those who are not. “If blood glucose levels are not controlled properly, there is an increased risk of gum problems, especially periodontitis, which can cause tooth loss. Like other infections, periodontitis has been shown to be a factor that causes an increase in blood sugar and makes it difficult to control diabetes, “says the president of SEPA.

As experts say, periodontal complications, and are considered “the sixth complication of diabetes.” According to Jose Luis Herrera, emeritus professor at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), “the most frequent complications are, in this order, diabetic retinopathy, nephropathy, cardiovascular disease, cerebral neurovascular disease and neuropathy.

According to the last investigations, sixth and appear for some years periodontal diseases. ”