Diabetes and Dental Health

According to the American Diabetes Association, “Nearly 30 million Americans who have diabetes, may be surprised to learn about an unexpected complication associated with this condition. Research shows that there is an increased prevalence of gum disease among those with diabetes, adding serious gum disease to the list of other complications associated with diabetes, such as heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.”  Gum disease has a spectrum of severity and the most severe for is periodontitis. This disease can provide serious complications to your dental health as well as your overall health. Periodontitis is an infection that eats away and destroys the bone around your teeth. This could cause you to loose teeth or a need for gum surgery.

If you have diabetes you are more susceptible to gum disease because they can get bacterial infections easier, however being cautious and controlling blood glucose levels, taking care of your teeth and gums by flossing, brushing consistently and coming in regularly for your checkups will help take the extra steps in preventing the bacteria to grow. If you are interested in learning more information about periodontitis please visit our blog, 10 things you should know about periodontal disease and visit our blog today to see tips, advice and great articles to help you have a healthier dental heath lifestyle.

Concerned that you might have some dental health issues? Don’t hesitate to contact our office in Cumming, GA to discuss your options with Dr. Jordan. She will be able to sit down and help determine which options best fit your needs.

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