The Link Between Diabetes and Oral Health Problems
If you are one of the nearly 30 million Americans living with diabetes, you may be aware that there is a two-way connection between diabetes and serious gum disease.
Research shows that people with diabetes, in addition to being more at risk for heart disease, stroke and kidney disease, also have an increased rate of acute gum disease. Higher incidences of gingivitis (an early stage of gum disease) and periodontitis (serious gum disease) are also closely associated with diabetes. People with diabetes are generally more susceptible to bacterial infection, and have a decreased ability to fight bacteria that invade the gums, which is why they tend to be at an increased risk for serious gum disease.
On the other side, emerging research also suggests that serious gum disease may impact blood glucose control, increasing the risk or progression of diabetes.
To prevent oral health complications associated with diabetes do everything you can to control your blood glucose level. Take good care of your teeth and gums. Visit the dentist every six months, at least.
Be sure to tell your dentist that you are living with diabetes so they can provide the best care possible. Update your dentist of any changes in your condition, any new medications you’re taking and postpone any non-emergency dental procedures if your blood sugar is uncontrolled.
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