Dental Tips Blog

Feb
11

Your Oral Hygiene May Help You Control Type II Diabetes

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:

  • Brushing at least twice daily
  • Flossing every day
  • Using an antimicrobial mouth rinse

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.

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

Jul
24

How Diabetes Affects Your Gum Health

Posted in Gum Disease

Diabetes is a life-altering condition that can create complications for other body systems. If you are a sufferer of diabetes, you may already be aware of the connection the disease has to kidney and eye problems. But have you ever heard about its close relationship with your gums?

A Hand-in-Hand Relationship

If your diabetes is not controlled, it will aggravate your periodontal (gum) condition, and if your periodontal condition is not stable, it can amplify the negative effects diabetes has on the rest of your body. How so?

Gum disease is loosely classified into two categories: gingivitis (inflammation of only a shallow layer of the gums) and periodontitis (advanced inflammation and breakdown of gum tissue, supporting ligaments, and bone surrounding teeth). These diseases result from the body responding to the presence of bacteria on the teeth.

Hyperglycemia (high levels of sugar in the blood) overstimulates the inflammatory response, which is directly responsible for the destruction associated with periodontal disease. Uncontrolled, diabetes will aggravate your periodontal condition.

Recent research indicates that the increased inflammatory response connected to periodontal disease also makes it more difficult to regulate blood sugar levels.

What Can You Do?

Diabetes typically predisposes you to infections and slow healing times. These factors make it difficult to manage your periodontal health, but it is not impossible.

By keeping your diabetes carefully monitored by a physician and under control and by maintaining excellent oral hygiene at home, you can stay on top of both conditions.

You would also benefit from hygiene check-ups scheduled more frequently than six months. Ask your dentist about what routine is best-suited to your needs.

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123

Feb
27

Diabetes and Dental Health

Posted in Gum Disease

If you have diabetes, you know the importance of keeping your blood sugar (also known as your blood glucose level) under control.  One way to do this is to follow your diet, take your medications and insulin as prescribed, and to exercise regularly.  Recent studies have also shown that keeping your mouth healthy also helps keep your blood sugar levels in a more normal range.

Most experts will say that for an individual with diabetes, their daily blood glucose level should be around 90-110 mg / dL.  If you have diabetes mellitus, your physician may also draw a blood test called a Hg A1c that will tell you what your ‘average’ blood glucose levels are for the last three months.  This level should be around 6-7%.

When blood glucose levels increase, you are more at risk for infections and organ damage.  You also are more likely to have an unhealthy mouth, and keeping your mouth healthy makes it easier to control your blood glucose levels.

There are several steps you can take to keep your mouth healthy if you have diabetes.  The most important one is to let your dentist know you have diabetes.  Make sure you keep your regular dental appointments, and have your teeth cleaned at least twice a year.  Periodontal disease can be catastrophic in an individual with diabetes.

At a minimum, your teeth should be cleaned twice a year.  Depending on how long you have had diabetes, your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings, or more frequent visits to check on the state of your mouth and to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Keeping your mouth healthy will also help keep your blood glucose healthy.  Be sure to include your dentist in your diabetes planning.

Posted on the behalf of Juban Dental Care

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