Research has shown that there is an increased prevalence of gum disease among those with diabetes, adding serious gum disease to the list of other complications that can be associated with diabetes.

Emerging research suggests that the relationship between serious gum disease and diabetes is two-way. Meaning, not only are people with diabetes more at risk for gum diseases, but those with serious gum disease may have the potential to contribute to the progression of diabetes. People with diabetes are more at risks due to their bodies being generally more susceptible to bacterial infection. When diabetes is not controlled properly, high glucose levels in saliva may help bacteria thrive.

In order to control the dental problems associated with diabetes, first and foremost, control your blood glucose level. Also, make sure to take good care of your teeth and gums by brushing and flossing daily. It is important to get regular dental checkups to maintain your teeth and to check for any signs of gum disease. See your dentist immediately if you notice any of the following: gums that bleed easily; red, swollen or tender gums; gums that have receded from the teeth; pus between the teeth and gums when the gums are pressed; persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth; permanent teeth that are loose.

We recommend visiting our office more frequently than every six months if you have diabetes or are at greater risk for gum disease. Call today (440-282-2023) to reserve an appointment with Dr. Julie Pruneski and the highly skilled staff at Whispering Pines Dental.

Dr. Julie Pruneski and the staff at Whispering Pines Dental are located at 690 Cooper Foster Park in Lorain. Contact us at 440-282-2023 or Check us out on Facebook at and on our website at