Diabetes affects nearly 30 million Americans today and the link to gum disease may surprise you.
The surprising fact that periodontal disease (gum disease) has a direct association to diabetes really shouldn’t be alarming at all. In fact, if you think about it, the mouth is the pathway to the body. What you breathe, eat and digest directly affects your body.
According to the American Diabetes Association, “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 progress of diabetes.” The association notes that almost 2 million people are diagnosed annually with Diabetes, while another 86 million are estimated to have prediabetes.
Am I At Risk?
People with diabetes are unfortunately at a higher risk of developing oral health issues. This is due to the fact that the risk of bacterial infection is greater with the decreased ability to fight off bacteria in the gums. Basically, your body fights hard to do the simple task of removing waste while attempting to deliver the nutrients necessary for the body.
Stay In Control!
One of the best ways to treat periodontal disease if you have diabetes is to stay in control of your blood sugar. Practicing good oral hygiene will help maintain healthy gums and assist in the prevention of gum disease. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day and remembering to floss each and every day as well. If you are not in control of your blood sugar, you are much more likely to have gum disease and the probability of losing your teeth is much higher.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly.
Make sure you are visiting your dentist for regularly scheduled hygiene appointments. Our expert team of dental professionals use only the most advanced state-of-the-art equipment to diagnose and treat our patient’s conditions. Routine visits to Advanced Dentistry South Florida in Delray Beach, FL will help you maintain that beautiful smile and keep you healthy.
Advanced Dentistry South Florida is dedicated to providing first class dental services for over three decades, enhancing the overall health of patients from Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach and surrounding areas in South Florida. Whether you are in need of general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery, endodontics, periodontics, or even sleep apnea therapy, our elite team of doctors is dedicated to helping you achieve your greatest smile and optimum oral health. Contact us today at 561-495-2099 to schedule your appointment with one of our dental professionals.