Years of research suggest that there is a definite connection between gum disease and diabetes. Having one condition seems to put you at increased risk for developing the other.
Uncontrolled diabetes worsens gum inflammation, and uncontrolled gum disease makes it harder to control blood sugar levels.
Yet another recent study highlights the role that bacteria play in this relationship.
Conducted at the University of Barcelona in 2017, this controlled study compared the glycemic levels of patients with type 2 diabetes after receiving different gum health treatments.
One group of diabetic adults received a deep cleaning treatment to remove bacterial plaque, tartar, and toxins from tooth roots. The other group received a superficial dental cleaning that did not extend below the gums.
Both groups of study participants had their blood glucose and bacteria levels tested at 3- and 6-month intervals over the course of the study. Interestingly, those treated with the deep cleanings had improved HbA1c levels and fasting plasma glucose. Most of these positive results correlated with decreased levels of bacteria.
So in summary, this study backs the idea that oral health affects diabetes, especially when it comes to plaque bacteria.
If you have type 2 diabetes, then you need to pay careful attention to your gum health. You can prevent the buildup of harmful bacteria in your mouth by:
Regular trips to the dentist for a routine dental checkup and cleaning can also help you keep your blood sugar levels in check.
Call your local dentist to schedule a gum examination and to learn more about the connection between diabetes and oral health.
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