If you have diabetes (abnormally high levels of sugar in your blood), you are at higher risk for other medical conditions including gum disease. You may be wondering how your blood sugar levels and your gums could possibly be connected. The connection is this: the bacteria that live in your mouth love sugar. People with diabetes often have higher levels of sugar in their body, which means that the bacteria in their mouth have more sugar to work with and can cause more damage.
Another reason that people with diabetes are at risk for gum disease is that diabetes is known to lower your immune system's ability to fight infection. Bacteria in the mouth can lead to infection. Left untreated, the infection can end up destroying bone and gum tissue in your mouth.
If you have diabetes and want to know more about how to prevent gum disease, talk to your doctor or dentist. Prevention is often as easy as daily brushing and flossing and regular check-ups with your dentist.