At Designer Smiles in Fargo we are concerned not only with the your dental health, but also with how it influences your overall physical health and general well-being.
In this post we look at the connection between diabetes and dental health. 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 dilemmas 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, MPH
Additional trials are exploring how tooth and gum health jolts 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.”
If you have diabetes, it is important that you have regular dental checkups and are dedicated to daily oral hygiene, proper nutrition, and other important practices. Your success in controlling your blood glucose levels will improve your oral health and vice-versa.
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