According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 30 million Americans who have diabetes are surprised to learn about an association and increased occurrence of gum disease due to diabetes and vice versa. This two-way street could mean serious health problems.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes mellitus is a disease that occurs when your body’s ability to produce or respond to insulin is weakened, resulting in high levels of glucose (sugar and carbs) in the blood and urine.
There are two types of diabetes that can affect your general health:
Type 1 | usually diagnosed in children and young adults. This occurs when the body does not produce insulin at all. Insulin is a hormone that breaks down glucose in the bloodstream. The American Diabetes Association states that, “with the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children can learn to manage their condition and live long.”
Type 2 | this is the most common form of diabetes. It occurs when your body does not use insulin properly, creating insulin resistance. As a result, your pancreas tries to produce extra insulin to make up for what it is lacking. However, over time your pancreas can’t make enough insulin to keep your blood glucose levels normal leading to health complications.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a serious gum infection that damages the gums, causes tooth loss and can destroy the jawbone. Click here to learn more about periodontal disease.
How Diabetes & Periodontal Disease affect Your Health
Having diabetes can mean a higher risk of oral health problems, including gingivitis and gum disease. Diabetes causes decreased immunity in fighting bacteria on the teeth and gums, which leaves you vulnerable to bacterial infection.
Vice versa, gum disease can affect your blood glucose levels and regulation, which may lead to the progression of diabetes.
What Your Dentist Can Do for You
The Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health states that good oral health is essential for good general health. Visit your dentist for preventative care appointments to maintain good oral health or continue with your gingival therapy appointments to treat your gums.
At Advanced DDS, we want to make sure your oral health and general health are in good shape. Call to schedule your appointment today at (516) 825-1100.
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