Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Diabetes and your gums.

If you, or someone you know, has been diagnosed with diabetes, it is a shock.
Diabetes carries with it many short term as well as long term side effects.
Most people know about the problems with loss of feeling in the extremities and
even troubles with vision later on in life.
But very few people realize that diabetes can have a devastating effect on the gums.

Now that may not seem like a big thing.
Gums aren't exactly something that people consider to be crucial for life.
And they aren't.

However, they are crucial to the life of your teeth.

Below you will see a diagram of what happens to your
gums as they begin to become unhealthy.
What you will see below here is an actual x-ray of diseased gums.
The straight line represents where the gum/bone level should be.
The wavy line represents where the gum/bone levels have fallen to.
It is possible for a completely healthy tooth to fall completely out of the mouth
due to a loss of gum/bone tissue.

Gums/bone keep the teeth in your mouth.
Lose the gums/bone, lose the teeth.

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