In the UK diabetes diagnosis has increased from 1.4 million in 1996, to 2.5 million in 2008. By 2025 there are predicted to be more than four million people with diabetes in the UK. It is also estimated that there are around half a million people currently living with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes in the UK.
Research suggests that the management of periodontal disease can affect the gums and other supporting tissue around the teeth. It can also help to reduce the risk of a person developing diabetes and can also help those with diabetes control their blood sugar levels.
Sunita Verma, Principal at Sparkle Dental Boutique Chiswick says “Establishing a routine periodontal programme is one way to help keep diabetes under control. We take extra care with patients who have diabetes. Periodontal disease triggers the body’s inflammatory responses, which can affect insulin sensitivity and ultimately lead to unhealthy blood sugar levels. We therefore look for symptoms of periodontal disease such as swollen or red gums, or bleeding during tooth brushing and take the time to educate patients about the risk factors of diabetes.”