Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS, MAGD, FPFA, FACD, FADI, DICOI, DADIA
restorative treatment is needed.
Diabetic is a risk factor for gum disease, but it is NOT the cause of it. First let's find out why is the gum bleeding? Because there's inflammation. Why is there inflammation? Because there are bacteria (plaque)present. Many people when they saw their gum is bleeding when brushing, they will tends to avoid touch that area, this is not a correct concept. Bacteria will just build up more and more, the gum will always be inflamed, and the gum will never get better.
My advice is visit a dentist and get a proper cleaning done, and then make sure you brush properly at home (properly I mean brush one to two teeth at a time and move in a sequence so that you know you've covered ALL the surfaces of all the teeth.) You shouldn't feel any roughness with your tongue after you brush, the teeth should be very smooth.
The bleeding gum will get better within two weeks time if you can improve the oral hygiene.
Dr Chun- I Lee
1) a complete oral examination to determine the extent of the gum disease and to establish a treatment plan to address the dental issues, and
2) a visit to your primary care physician to address the diabetes.
Uncontrolled diabetes will not only have oral issues, but can lead to other serious general systemic health issues.
You need to be seen by your dentist asap, especially if you have not been in a while. Diabetes is a very complex disease. It effects almost every system in the body and if left uncontrolled could cause havoc or even worse. Gums should not bleed. A little bit of bleeding is often a warning that something may be going on. A lot of bleeding is a sign of lack of care or a true issue. Diabetes exacerbates everything and makes all issues just slightly worse. Please be seen for an evaluation as soon as possible and have your dental professional see what the true issues going on are.