Can Gum Disease Affect Your Blood Sugar Levels?

Gum disease is one of the most common of human diseases.

It affects about 85% of over 65-year olds and on average just over half the population of between 25-65 year old. There are two types ‘Gingivitis’ and ‘Periodontitis’. The latter being the more severe form, leading to destruction of support around the teeth and eventual tooth loss.

Many people are aware of the common risk factors for gum disease including poor teeth cleaning at home or smoking. However diabetes as a major cause of gum disease is often overlooked.

Even less well known is that gum disease can in fact affect your blood sugar levels.

Some of the recent scientific research shows:

  • Diabetics with severe gum disease have higher sugar levels compared to diabetics with healthier gums.
  • Your body’s control of sugar is less effective when you have severe gum disease, even in non-diabetics and increases your chances of getting type II diabetes.
  • In diabetics, severity of gum disease is linked to severity of damage to other bodily organs such as heart and kidney.


It is not fully understood how gum disease plays a role in altering blood sugar levels but scientists believe it relates to bacteria entering your bloodstream from your mouth.

If you are affected or concerned, the best people to advise you are your dentist and dental hygienist!!

We now offer direct access to the hygienist without registering as a patient of the practice.

If you are interested please contact the reception on 0161 637 4041.

See you soon…

Dr Vab & Dr Bal

Heaton Moor Dental