Periodontal Disease and Diabetes: The “Whole Body” Link

Check out our latest article on the link between diabetes and gum disease. Dr. André De Souza states, “Medical research continues to point to the relationship between our oral health and what was once thought to be seemingly unrelated conditions, like diabetes.

“In fact,” writes Dr. De Souza, “the ‘whole body’ relationship between your oral health and diabetes is just one of many important links between our mouth, now considered “the gateway to the body,” and our systemic health, as in our entire bodies.”

Periodontal Disease Requires Treatment

Studies show that nearly half of all individuals in the U.S. have some form of gum (periodontal) disease. Taking care of your teeth and gums at home and regular visits to your dental practitioner can nip gingivitis (the earliest form of periodontal disease) in the bud before it has a chance to morph into an irreversible form of gum disease.

“Chronic bacterial infection means chronic inflammation that can, if not treated, lead to tooth loss,” writes Dr. De Souza. “If you have diabetes, you’re already at risk of increased cavities, which means that twice-daily brushing, flossing, and regular, professional cleaning by your dental practitioner is imperative. By taking care of your oral health, you may also be helping to gain better control of your blood sugar.”

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases provides tips on keeping your mouth healthy which they say “will also make it easier for your to manage your diabetes and prevent diabetes-related health problems, such as heart disease and kidney disease.”

Once gum disease is discovered, professional intervention is needed to prevent the disease from progressing. Read more about the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of gum disease on our website, then make an appointment to see how we can help improve and even save your smile!

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