Diabetes and Gum Disease
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Since: Aug 10
#1 Feb 28, 2012
For years, dentists have known that oral health and overall systemic health are linked. Now, more and more research recognizes the significant link between diabetes and periodontal (gum) disease.
Diabetes is a disease that affects the body’s ability to fight infection and diabetics are more prone to develop gum disease. Inflammation, and the destruction that occurs as a result of it, is a key factor in the development and progression of both diabetes and gum disease. Diabetics may have difficulty controlling their blood sugar levels, even with medication, if they have uncontrolled gum disease. Conversely, patients with gum disease, even those who are undergoing treatment for it, may find their efforts unsuccessful if they lack glycemic control.
If you are diabetic, you should see your dentist regularly. You may need to have cleanings done more frequently depending on the condition of your gums.
Signs of gum disease:
• Red, swollen gums
• Gums that pull away from the teeth
• Bleeding gums with brushing and flossing
• Bad breath
• Teeth feel like they don’t fit together properly
If you have any of the above signs, regardless of whether or not you are diabetic, you should see your dentist for an evaluation.
The good news is that both physicians and dentists are aware of the relationship between these two diseases and will work with one another to co-manage a patient’s care.
For more information, please visit our website at www.adamsdentalnj.com or email us at [email protected]
#2 Oct 28, 2014
I really hope this lady I met ended up getting treatment for her gum disease. When I met her she had it really bad. I really didn't know what to say. After she had a bunch of sores in her mouth, she finally decided to try and set up a time for the dentist. I really hope she ended up going.
#4 Aug 10, 2016
Hey how did that appointment go? There is another dental clinic in the same area that offers the same kind of service, http://www.bcsofttouchdental.com/
#5 Nov 9, 2016
My father had the same problem ( he has type 2 diabetes) http://goo.gl/yuj5Fr
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