Diabetes and Periodontal Health

diabetes and periodontal healthAlthough periodontal disease has been linked to diabetes in the past, a recent report indicates that keeping gums healthy may make it easier for diabetics to manage their conditions. The report, which was released by the American Academy of Periodontology and the European Federation of Periodontology, found that people with diabetes were more vulnerable to periodontal disease, which can then trigger inflammation that makes it more difficult for them to control their blood glucose levels.

Millions of Americans suffer from periodontal disease or some form of diabetes, and those who have both may be at an increased risk of complications. Good dental hygiene is one of the most basic ways to reduce the risk of gum disease, but if you have diabetes, it may not be enough. You may need more frequent dental checkups or cleanings. Annual comprehensive periodontal evaluations can also be helpful by identifying any areas of concern and recommended preventive treatments.

Keeping your blood sugar under control can help protect your oral health, too. Chronic high blood sugar can increase the risk of oral yeast infections and can interfere with the healing process. This can lead to a higher risk of gum disease because your gums may be less resilient against infection.

Diabetes can lead to potentially serious complications, and periodontal disease has been linked with cardiovascular disease, dementia, and osteoporosis. Call us today to find out more about keeping both gums and body healthy or to schedule your appointment with our dentist.

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