Gum Disease and Diabetes

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, so Dr. Fondriest and our team want you to know the warning signs, as provide by the American Diabetes Association. Gum disease is a contributor to diabetes.

If you experience these symptoms, visit your personal physician for a blood glucose test.

  • Frequent urination
  • Unusual thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Extreme fatigue and irritability
  • Frequent infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Cuts or bruises that are slow to heal
  • Tingling or numbness in hands and feet
  • Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections

Gum Disease Symptoms

You also need to know the warning signs of gum disease because it afflicts about 80% of Americans and is linked to both the development of diabetes and diabetes complications. Gum disease is a chronic infection of the gums that requires professional treatment by a dental hygienist, general dentist, or periodontist. If you experience these symptoms, call Lake Forest Dental Arts to schedule a checkup with Dr. Fondriest.

  • Swollen gums
  • Bright red gums
  • Tender gums
  • Bleeding when brushing teeth
  • Gum recession at base of teeth
  • Significant plaque and tartar buildup

If you have diabetes, be sure to let your dentist and hygienist know. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Fondirest, or to ask questions about diabetes and gum disease, contactus at 847-234-0517. Our dental office in Lake Forest, Illinois serves the North Shore Chicago area. For more information about diabetes, visit