What does type 2 diabetes have to do with my teeth bleeding? I have had this problem all of my life. I have type 2 diabetes, so I've been wondering about this for some time now.

Patty Bonsignore


Bleeding gums can be a sign that you have periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal diseases include gingivitis and periodontitis, which are chronic bacterial infections of the gum. These infections, if left untreated, can cause pain, swelling , bleeding gums and tooth loss. People with diabetes are two to three times more likely to develop periodontal disease than people without diabetes. Because you have had this condition all your life, it is not likely that the diabetes caused it. But if you have periodontal disease, uncontrolled diabetes will certainly make it worse. The recommendation for people with diabetes is to have a dental exam and cleaning at least twice a year, and more often if gum disease if present. If you have not already done so, you will want to see a dentist or dental hygienist and be screened for gum disease. If you do have gum disease, it will be important to see your dentist regularly for treatment and keep your A1C within your target range.