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Gum Health Affects Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

05th Apr, 2019

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This post from Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla looks at the connection between diabetes and oral health, and may be of interest to anyone with diabetes.

Scientists have known for quite some time that people with diabetes have higher rates of gum disease. Maintaining proper blood glucose levels is the key to minimizing the risk of gum disease and related problems for those affected.

Additional research is exploring the reverse relationship. In other words, whether poor oral health increases the risk of developing diabetes. Findings from a long-term study suggests that it does.

“We found that over two decades of follow-up, individuals who had periodontal disease were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life when compared to individuals without periodontal disease.” -Ryan T. Demmer, PhD, MPH1

Additional trials are exploring how tooth and gum health impacts the ability of diabetics to manage the disease.

“Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious gum disease, but serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.”2

If you have diabetes, it is important that you see a dentist regularly and are devoted to daily oral hygiene, proper nutrition, and other vital practices. In addition, your success in controlling your blood glucose levels will improve your oral health and vice-versa.

At Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla, services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

1Angelo Milone, “Does periodontal disease cause type 2 diabetes?,” Endocrine Today, November 2008, http://www.healio.com/endocrinology/diabetes/news/print/endocrine-today/%7Bacdccbd7-a2b2-4a9e-ac08-b29b53116908%7D/does-periodontal-disease-cause-type-2-diabetes, accessed August 12, 2015
2“Diabetes and Oral Health Problems,” American Diabetes Association, September 18, 2012, http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/oral-health-and-hygiene/diabetes-and-oral-health.html#sthash.9IlHJB8l.dpuf, accessed August 12, 2015

Contact Weston Spencer DDS – Conservative Comprehensive Dentistry:

858-459-0077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7855 Fay Avenue Suite 200
La Jolla, California
92037

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