Posted On 4/29/2019 12:00:00 AM
by Bruce Kanehl
People with diabetes, especially uncontrolled diabetes, are more prone to gum disease than those without the condition. For the more than 100 million Americans with diabetes or pre-diabetes, an unexpected related condition is gum disease, or periodontitis.
Diabetes affects your body's ability to process sugar. With Type 1 diabetes, your body does not produce enough insulin, and with Type 2 diabetes, your body stops responding to insulin altogether. Both conditions lead to high blood sugar levels. But while most people have heard diabetes can cause problems with the kidneys, eyes, kidneys, and other parts of the body, it often comes as a surprise that gum disease is another diabetes-related condition.
The warning signs of diabetes affect every part of your body and the condition can take a toll on your mouth in several ways:
People with diabetes are more prone to gum disease because of poor blood sugar control. And as with all infections, gum disease can cause your blood sugar to rise, making the diabetes harder to control because you're more susceptible to infections and less able to fight the bacteria invading the gums.
The good news is that dental treatments such as a non-surgical deep cleaning can lead to a drop in blood sugar levels.
Together with your dentist, you can keep your healthy smile and potentially slow the progression of diabetes. Take these five steps for optimal oral health.
At Kanehl Dental, we understand that people with diabetes have specific needs and we’re well equipped to meet them. Be sure to let us know of any medication you might be taking for diabetes and if you've had any changes in your condition since your last checkup.
Research shows that strong gums can help control your diabetes, making a healthy mouth an important part of good overall well-being. In fact, with proper prevention, it’s possible to have the same degree of oral health as those who don't have diabetes.
Preventing or managing gum disease is a team effort. Controlling your blood sugar, daily brushings and flossing, and regular dental checkups can all improve the success of periodontal treatment and lower your risks of experiencing other long-term complications.
Kanehl Dental offers comprehensive dental care, including twice yearly teeth cleanings. To learn more about the benefits of good oral health as it relates to diabetes, and to schedule an appointment, contact us today. We look forward to seeing your smile.
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