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Gum Disease & Diabetes: A Downward Spiral

  • September 1, 2016

Welcome back to the ongoing blog of the LANAP and Implant Center! In today’s post, we want to talk to you about a very important topic: gum disease and diabetes. Most people think that these two conditions are not related — in fact, they can really work together to spiral your health out of control! Our jobs are to help you get your gum disease under control in order to prevent a greater likelihood of complications from your diabetes. We also encourage our patients to work with a primary health care provider to help maintain their diabetes.

Let’s talk about the link between gum disease and diabetes, so that you can better understand both conditions and how to control them. Our teams in Collegeville and Williamsport, PA are here to help you — give us a call if you have any additional questions or simply need to be seen for treatment. You don’t have to let gum disease and diabetes ruin your health — we are here for you!

Does Diabetes Lead To Gum Disease?

Well, yes and no. While diabetes does not directly cause gum disease, the two are linked and this relationship should certainly be considered. The fact is that people who are suffering from diabetes have a greater chance of developing gum disease. If you keep this in mind, you will be able to adequately prevent complications from gum disease such as tooth loss. But more on that later.

Controlling your diabetes is important for total body health, including your mouth. Do not let your diabetes spiral your oral health out of control (and vice versa). Please contact our team if you think this may be a problem for you.

Can Gum Disease Lead To Diabetes?

While gum disease does not necessarily make it more likely that you will develop diabetes, the two are certainly linked. Like any other infection, gum disease will make it hard for your body to regulate its blood sugar levels. This means that gum disease can certainly WORSEN diabetes and make it harder to control. If you are noticing signs of gum disease and are concurrently having trouble controlling your diabetes, this correlation may be the problem.

To maintain good health and prevent complication due to diabetes or gum disease, controlling both conditions is key. While you may understand that regular visits to the doctor are necessary to adequately control your diabetes, you also should understand that the same is true for your dental health. By maintaining a regular cleaning and exam schedule, we can take care of any instances of gum disease that we find. By getting the care you need from both your primary health care provider and your dentist, you will be able to live a long and healthy life!

How To Prevent Tooth Loss

In addition to regular dental visits, there are a few things you can do to maintain a healthy body and mouth. To prevent tooth loss, please take the following into consideration:

Diabetic Control — As mentioned before, maintain regular visits to your primary health care provider for treatment of your diabetes. This is crucial to also helping control gum disease.

Healthy Diet — A healthy diet will give your body the tools it needs to control your blood sugar as well as fight gum disease. Vegetables are good. Foods high in sugar should be avoided.

Dental Hygiene — This sounds so simple, but it really is very important for maintaining a healthy mouth. Diabetes will increase your chance of gum disease, so making sure your hygiene routine is spot on is key. Brush twice a day and floss at least once per day. For advice specific to your situation, please speak with our team.

Make An Appointment

Are you struggling with managing your gum disease and diabetes? You are not alone. Please let our team help you get your health under control. To make an appointment, please contact us directly. You can reach our Collegeville office at 610-617-4000 or our Williamsport office at 570-505-5565. We would be happy to help you find a date and time that works well with your personal schedule.

Gum disease and diabetes do not have to ruin your health and make you feel bad. We can help you control these conditions so that you can feel great and know that your smile is healthy. We can’t wait to hear from you.