Diabetes and Gum Disease
One of the most complex relationships between oral health and overall health is that between diabetes and gum disease. Diabetes can increase your risk of gum disease for a number of reasons, such as increased systemic inflammation and decreased immune system function. This means that even if you are practicing good oral hygiene, with diabetes, you are more likely to get gum disease.
On the other hand, if you have gum disease, it makes it harder to control your blood sugar levels. Like other chronic infections, gum disease leads to higher blood sugar levels.
The good news here is that gum disease treatment has been proven to be effective at reducing blood sugar levels.