Diabetes and Your Dental Health

Thursday, April 15th, 2010, 1:03 pm

Diabetes is a very serious disease that more and more American’s are diagnosed with each year.  The disease causes abnormally high levels of sugar in the patients blood due to a lack of insulin being produced in the pancreas.  Diabetic patients are very susceptible to infections and other chronic diseases as side effects of the disease.  One of the most common infections is periodontal or gum disease and it is one that many diabetic patients can prevent.

The International Diabetes Foundation has stressed the importance of optimal dental health for diabetics in their clinical guidelines.  Diabetics are particularly susceptible to periodontal disease.  According to Dr. Sam Low, President of the American Academy of Periodontology,  “Periodontal disease triggers the body’s inflammatory response which can affect insulin sensitivity and ultimately lead to unhealthy blood sugar levels.  Establishing routine periodontal care is one way to keep diabetes under control.”  Infections in the gums make it more difficult to moderate blood sugar – keeping the gums health helps keep diabetes under control.

Regular dental hygiene visits every three to four months will help keep the risks of periodontal disease low.  Yes, that may be more often than you are used to – research has shown that bacterial colonies reform within about 90 days following a dental cleaning – not six months.  If you are a diabetic patient or have been told that you may be borderline diabetic, a healthy smile can help you keep your disease under control.  Please contact us at 706-886-9439 in Toccoa, Georgia  to arrange your dental hygiene appointment.

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