At Mt. Vernon Center For Dentistry, we are concerned not only with the condition of your mouth, but also with how it influences your complete physical health and general well-being. This post looks at the connection between diabetes and gum disease.
Scientists have known for quite some time that people with diabetes have higher rates of gum disease. Maintaining proper blood glucose levels is the key to minimizing the risk.
Additional research is exploring the reverse relationship. In other words, whether poor oral health increases the risk of developing diabetes. Findings from a long-term study suggests that it does.
“We found,” said Ryan T. Demmer, PhD., “that over two decades of follow-up, individuals who had periodontal disease were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life when compared to individuals without periodontal disease.”
Additional trials are exploring how tooth and gum health jolts the ability of diabetics to manage the disease.
The American Diabetes Association said: “Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious gum disease, but serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.”
If you have diabetes, it is critical that you see a dentist regularly and are devoted to daily oral hygiene, proper nutrition, and other critical practices. Additionally, your success in controlling your blood glucose levels will improve your oral health and vice-versa.
At the Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry, we’ll create a useful plan for improving and maintaining your dental health for life. We provide family and cosmetic dentistry, gum disease treatment, and treat sleep apnea. Schedule an appointment with us today.