Centrally located at Clarence Park, we’ve provided cutting edge dental services to South Australian families since 2002.

Does diabetes have an effect on oral health?

With diabetes there is a thickening of blood vessels. This can impair the flow of nutrients and removal of wastes, which can weaken the gums, making them more susceptible to infection. In addition, if diabetes is poorly controlled, higher glucose levels in the mouth fluids will encourage the growth of bacteria that can cause gum disease. So, for diabetics regular dental check-ups are vital. Research suggests that the relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes goes both ways. Periodontal disease may make it more difficult for diabetics to control their blood sugar.