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The Connection Between Periodontal Disease and Diabetes

Posted in Periodontics

Periodontal Disease and Diabetes are both chronic inflammatory diseases that not only affect you, but also complicate and impact each other.  The good news is that when periodontal disease is successfully treated, it can also have a positive impact on your overall health and inflammation system.  You might be wondering how diabetes and periodontal disease are related and how they influence one another.

It Starts With Plaque

Plaque is a sticky film, full of bacteria that collects between your teeth and along your gums.  If you’re diabetic and your blood sugar isn’t well controlled, it’s difficult for you body to combat plaque, even when brushing your teeth and flossing regularly.

From Gingivitis To Periodontitis

While most people without good oral hygiene habits are likely to develop gingivitis, those who have diabetes are 3 to 4 more times likely to suffer from gum disease, if left untreated.

Plaque and tartar build up, collecting along the gumlines and causing tender, swollen or red gums that bleed easily.  This condition is known as gingivitis, and it is a precursor to gum disease (periodontal disease.) Without intervention, advanced gum disease will lead to gum recession and tooth loss.

A Vicious Cycle

Diabetes can dramatically affect your body’s immune system response, compromising your ability to combat infection and inflammation.  As an inflammatory disease, periodontitis is greatly impacted by this. In turn, the infection caused by gum disease can affect blood sugar levels, creating a vicious cycle without intervention by your dentist. Likewise, improving one condition will make it easier for your body to combat the other.

Help Is Available!

With your dentist’s expert care, periodontitis can be successfully treated!  Monitor your blood sugar levels and speak with your dentist today about treatments available to improve your overall health.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park
Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

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