Selected individuals: 100 diabetes (type 2) patients between the ages of 21 and 67 were divided into three main groups and one placebo-control group. Diabetes mellitus affects nearly 26 million people in the U.S. Red, swollen, or tender gums Mouth pain Bleeding while brushing, flossing, or eating hard foods Receding gums Loose teeth Mouth sores Persistent bad breath Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite, or a change in the fit of partial dentures. More than half (54%) report one or more symptoms of gum disease – yet 67% do not discuss their oral health with their doctor. It is clinically proven to provide 12-hour protection against plaque germs that can lead to gingivitis, an early form of gum disease. Is There a Link Between Gum Disease and Diabetes? Degenerative vascular changes may interfere with nutrient and leukocyte migration to gingival tissue, decreasing oxygen diffusion and elimination of metabolic waste, thereby increasing the severity of periodontitis by decreasing dental healing capacity.6 Collectively, diabetes creates specific conditions leading to enhanced oral inflammation associated with overproduction of inflammatory mediators and degradation enzymes, all of which participate in worsening periodontal disease.
People with diabetes are at an increased risk for serious gum disease because they are generally more susceptible to bacterial infection and have a decreased ability to fight bacteria that invade the gums.