National Diabetes Awareness Month: Diabetes and Oral Health
Now, where diabetes is most relevant to dentistry is that their is a relationship between diabetics and periodontal (gum) disease. Conditions that diabetic patients will most likely suffer orally are; gum and bone loss, oral yeast infections, dry mouth, reduced salivary flow, increase in cavities, dental abscesses, tooth loss, and slow wound healing.
Also, studies have revealed that a healthy person who develops chronic periodontal infections increases their chances of developing diabetes; concurrently, people with diabetes that develop periodontal disease can see an increase in blood sugar which can exacerbate other complications. Additionally, if one would increase periodontal health and decrease gum infections it could result in their blood sugar becoming more controlled.
For many years people there has been widespread belief that the condition of ones oral health has no relation to the overall well being, but as more and more research is done we can continually see that your mouth can be a widow to visualize someones internal health issues. So if you or someone you know has diabetes make sure you stay healthy by monitoring your glucose closely, have good dietary habits, exercise often, take your insulin on a regular basis (if applicable), and keep those teeth and gums healthy by seeing your physician and dentist regularly.
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