Gum disease and diabetes are synergistic conditions. – each plays off the other. Gum disease is the first symptom to emerge in those with diabetes, often showing itself in childhood before all other complications. Diabetes is certainly one of those end-organ diseases I talked about in the introductory video., “Terrain Fundamentals.” Lifestyle diabetes affects all end organs and is the quintessential model of the bi-directionality between periodontal disease and whole body health though the mechanisms are amplified. Clients seriously appreciate the talking points and screening I present in this video if they are diabetic, pre-diabetic, or simply at risk of developing diabetes. If your gums bleed when your hygienist probes, you’re at risk. Though that’s the most obvious sign of sugar metabolism problems, you’ll learn at least nine other associated oral conditions and five other visual clues that should alert you to screen for it.