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Did you know people with Diabetes have an increased risk for developing gum disease?

Published Thursday, April 9, 2015 by YFD

Studies indicate diabetic patients are 3-4  times more likely to develop periodontal (gum) disease.  Periodontal disease is the 6th leading complication of diabetes.  Diabetic patients are more susceptible to infections due to their decreased ability to fight bacteria.  Our mouths are full of bacteria that can invade the gums to cause periodontal disease when left untreated.

What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is bacterial infection in the mouth involving the bone, ligaments and gums supporting the teeth.  The primary cause of periodontal disease is the sticky plaque on the tooth's surface. 

How do I treat the bacteria in the mouth?
Bacteria naturally occur in our bodies, some with good purpose and others with destruction in mind.  To maintain a good balance in our mouths and keep it healthy, we must brush thoroughly 2 times daily, removing all the bacteria and food filled plague from our teeth.  It is equally important to floss all the contact surfaces and the neck of the tooth, below the gums to effectively remove the bad bacteria. 

Can periodontal disease affect my diabetes?
Yes, studies also indicate that serious gum disease may affect the ability to control blood glucose levels and can potentially contribute to the progression of diabetes.

My mouth and teeth feel fine, do I need to treat my periodontal disease?
Yes.  If left untreated, periodontal disease can progress.  Periodontal disease starts as gingivitis (bleeding gums), progresses to recession (exposed tooth roots), then to bone loss and ultimately tooth loss.  Treating gingivitis at its earliest onset provides the greatest success rate.

How can I prevent periodontal disease from interfering with my diabetes?
1.                  Brush at least 2 times daily with toothpaste.
2.                  Floss nightly to remove plaque below the gum line and between teeth.
3.                  Have a dental cleaning and check up 2- 4 times per year as indicated by your dentist.
4.                  Tell dentist or hygienist of  your diabetes and any other medical conditions.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is also important.
1.                  Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables with a well balanced diet.  Vitamin C is essential for healthy gums and aids in fighting infections.  Calcium is essential for bone health.
2.                  Stay active.  Get 30 minutes of physical activity daily to maintain muscle strength cardiovascular health and immunity health.
3.                  Maintain blood glucose.
4.                  Don't smoke.  Smoking affects all aspects of the body.  Smoking significantly increases the risk for periodontal disease.  

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