At Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A. in Rockwall, we are concerned not only with the condition of your mouth, but also with how it affects your overall health and well-being. This post looks at the connection between dental health, diabetes, and gum disease.
Scientists have known for quite some time that people with diabetes have higher rates of gum disease. Maintaining proper blood glucose levels is the key to minimizing the risk of gum disease and related issues for those affected.
Additional research is exploring the reverse relationship. In other words, whether poor oral health increases the risk of developing diabetes. Findings from a long-term study suggests that it does.
“We found that over two decades of follow-up, individuals who had periodontal disease were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life when compared to individuals without periodontal disease.” -Ryan T. Demmer, PhD, MPH1
Additional trials are exploring how tooth and gum health bumps the ability of diabetics to manage the disease.
“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 progression of diabetes.”2
If you have diabetes, it is important that you see a dentist regularly and are dedicated to daily oral hygiene, proper nutrition, and other vital practices. Additionally, your success in controlling your blood glucose levels will improve your oral health and vice-versa.
If you don’t have a dentist and live in Rockwall or the greater Rockwall area, call the team at Karen Williamson DDS, PA. We offer gum disease treatment, and comprehensive dental health care. Schedule an appointment today.
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