diabetes and gingivitis

By billyelle Latest Reply 2011-06-09 00:42:59 -0500
Started 2011-06-06 09:24:11 -0500

I just read Sloane's posting about the connection between diabetes and gingivitis. She states that gingivitis can cause diabetes. I have tried to research this and the only connection I found was between gingivitis and gestational diabetes. Can anyone out there post any articles or research that states that this is possibly true?

14 replies

MoeGig 2011-06-07 17:28:42 -0500 Report

No way…as a Type 1 diabetic for 46 years, I contracted gingivitis around 15 after onset…ended up with a gingivectomy (quite painful). It only makes sense that having diabetes can cause inflamation of the gums, just like it can cause a whole host of other diseases. Diabetes is caused by an inability of the pancreas to produce sufficient insulin for the food you eat. I think it will end up being an "auto-immune" type cause (body attacks the beta cells, for Type 1) and/or a person has too many cells to feed (over weight) and the pancreas can produce sufficient insulin (Type 2). I cannot imagine that inflamed gums can cause diabetes…INHO…ok, time to grill a rib eye..:>)

realsis77 2011-06-06 15:51:34 -0500 Report

Hi I have no links to share with you but I am a RDA that's a registered dental assistant and I have practiced dentistry for over 20 years. Since 1987. I can tell you this is correct. As for the exact cause I can not say. I'm not sure. However this is true. Diabetes can cause gingivitis. Also some medications cause gingivits. This is because it changes the acidity level in your salivia and causes a dryer mouth. This also is a perfect breeding ground for cavities also. I hope I've helped in some way. My credentals are like an RN only in dentistry. I've taken two state boards and had many years of continuing education in dentistry. I've seen many things in the field over these years.

billyelle 2011-06-06 16:22:51 -0500 Report

Thank you for replying, but you're not understanding my question. Ms. Sloane wrote that gingivitis can cause diabetes. Not the other way around. Have you ever heard of this?

realsis77 2011-06-06 16:47:33 -0500 Report

Thanks for clearing that one up for me! Oh heavens no! I've been in the field for 20 plus years and NEVER have I heard of such thing! Surely I would have heard that if it was a fact! You can't believe everything people post in articles! This seems utterly ridicioulas! Never in my years of dentistry have I heard this! Thanks for clearing that up for me!

realsis77 2011-06-06 16:44:02 -0500 Report

Absoulty NOT! Never never never!

billyelle 2011-06-06 18:24:22 -0500 Report

"Gingivitis has been linked to one of the causes of diabetes or at the very least a major contributor." This is a quote from her article. My brother-in-law is a dentist and my friend is a hygienist and they both never heard of such a thing. It's scarey when someone who is supposed to be a professional says such a thing.

Thanks for writing back

edvel54 2011-06-06 10:08:27 -0500 Report

Studies show that people with insufficient blood sugar control seem to develop gum disease more frequently and more severely then people who have good management over their diabetes.

Diabetes slows circulation, which can also make the gum tissues more susceptible to infections.
Diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection, which increases the probability of the gums becoming infected.
High glucose levels in saliva promotes growth of bacteria that cause gum disease.
People with diabetes who smoke are far more likely to develop gum disease than people who smoke and do not have diabetes.
Poor oral hygiene is a major factor in gum disease for everyone, but it is even more so for a person with diabetes.
Does that help any?

billyelle 2011-06-06 12:54:53 -0500 Report

I understand the connection between first having diabetes and then getting gingivitis, but she said the gingivitis can cause diabetes. That is what I am questioning.

JoleneAL 2011-06-06 10:00:56 -0500 Report

I don't have "proof" accept to say both my dentists told me that tooth issues can cause issues with managing diabetes. They didn't say it caused it, since I already have it.

mmbb 2011-06-09 00:42:59 -0500 Report

Actually, there is a bidirectional link between periodontal disease and diabetes. This means that poorly controlled blood diabetes contributes to periodontal disease and vice versa. Periodontal disease results in the release of various inflammatory mediators which are released into the blood stream. These mediators are also involved in lipid and glucose metabolism. Meaning, glycemic control IS effected. So yes, your bleeding gums have far reaching effects, even in the management and development of diabetes!

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