Thursday, January 8, 2015

Diabetes and Gum Disease

 diabetes: dental tips; smiling man

Nearly 37 million North Americans are living with diabetes, and gum disease is a major risk factor and complication of diabetes.

Studies have shown that the relationship is a two-way street. Periodontal disease (gum disease) can affect insulin sensitivity and lead to unhealthy blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, it is very important to monitor and manage your oral health, as people with uncontrolled blood sugar are more prone to tooth and gum problems. 

Since gum disease often does not present itself with many, if any, symptoms or pain, you may not even be aware that you have it until it becomes serious. Watch for:

1) Swollen or tender gums, or bleeding when you brush.

2) Chronic bad breath or bad taste in your mouth.

3) Loose teeth or teeth that are drifting apart.

Taking control of your oral health can help control or prevent diabetes. Brush and floss your teeth twice daily, and book appointments with us today to protect your health and the health of your family. 

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