More and more research is showing the direct connection between diabetes and oral disease. Diabetes is a systemic condition, meaning that other parts of your body can suffer as a result. Your teeth are no exception. Diabetes can adversely affect the health of both your teeth and your gums, so it is important to understand the connection and take preventative action before your smile suffers.
The Mouth-Body Connection
Diabetes prevents the body’s ability to process glucose in the blood due to a lack of insulin. The elevated blood sugar levels can cause damage to your gum tissues around the teeth. It also weakens your immune system in general. Increased levels of glucose in the blood increase your risk for oral disease, and the weakened immune system makes it more difficult for your mouth to avoid the effects of an accumulation of harmful bacteria.
The increase in blood sugar means that you’ll have a greater amount of sugar in your saliva for cavity-causing bacteria to feed upon. Uncontrolled diabetes goes hand-in-hand with extensive tooth decay.
The connection goes both ways between periodontal disease and diabetes. High glucose levels also support the bacteria that cause gum disease. Diabetes slows down circulation, which prevents the gums from healing. Recent studies show that the reverse is true: raging periodontal disease can make diabetes more difficult to control. You may start to notice problems like gum recession, bleeding, and loose teeth.
Flossing and brushing won’t be enough to protect your smile if you have diabetes. Professional dental care is necessity. Talk with your doctor about how to properly manage your diabetes with medication or diet and exercise. When your diabetes is under control and you practice excellent oral hygiene, it is possible to enjoy a healthy smile.
Visit your dentist for assistance in designing the ideal plan for keeping your smile healthy and safe from the effects of diabetes.
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Rolling Ridge Dentistry
7510 Ramble Way #101
Raleigh, NC 27616
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