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How Treating Gum Disease Can Help Diabetes


Posted on 5/20/2017 by Excellent Dental Specialists
A patients mouth suffering from gun disease.
Gum disease is a serious infection that affects your gums. As it progresses, bacteria fall below the gum line and starts to attack your teeth and your jawbone.

Once in your jawbone, bacteria can get into the bloodstream, spreading throughout your body. This can lead to several other significant health issues, including diabetes. Treating your gum disease can help to get diabetes under control.

Gum Disease Raises Blood Sugar

It has long been known that those with diabetes are at a greater risk for developing gum disease. It has recently been discovered that there is a link between gum disease and getting diabetes. This is because gum disease has a tendency to raise your blood sugar levels for extended periods of time.

How Does Gum Disease Raise Blood Sugar Levels?

Gum disease is caused by an inflammatory response to the bacteria attacking your mouth. When these bacteria get under your gums and into your bloodstream, your body goes to work to fight it, and triggers that same inflammatory response. As a result, your blood sugar tends to go up.

What Can You Do?
Prevention is the best course of action. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. Make sure to visit your dentist at least twice a year. If you do have gum disease, getting it treated as soon as possible is important. Getting rid of the bacteria will help to bring down the inflammation, and bring your blood sugar back to normal levels, and keep them under control.

And if you do have diabetes, making sure maintain a proper oral hygiene routine is important to maintaining normal blood sugar levels. Just be sure to let your dentist know, so your treatment can be tailored to your needs.

Having diabetes can increase your risk of developing gum disease, and gum disease can increase your risk of developing diabetes. Taking care of your mouth can help to keep you as healthy as possible. Contact our office for more information.

 
 
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