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November Is Diabetes Awareness Month

347 MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE have diabetes, and that number grows every year. Diabetes affects all areas of people’s health, from the skin to the kidneys. Diabetes can also cause severe dental health issues.

Diabetes Increases Gum Disease Risk

Research has shown that people with diabetes are more likely to develop periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a serious health problem that can lead to bone and tooth loss if not properly managed.

Periodontitis Can Also Reduce One’s Ability To Control Blood Sugar

Periodontitis (an advanced stage of gum disease) can make blood sugar levels spike and fluctuate. Additional research suggests that when diabetic patients gain control of gum disease, they can also gain better control of their diabetes. Diabetes also affects the body’s ability to fight infections. This can lead to faster developing gum and bone infections, that could also lead to tooth loss and infections in the blood stream.

Good home care and oral hygiene are imperative to maintaining healthy gums and bone levels. That includes flossing regularly. Also, regular dental cleanings and check-ups are a must for maintaining your oral health. When tartar forms, a toothbrush can’t remove it. The tartar harbors bacteria that can further the gingivitis and gum disease. This need to be removed by one of our highly trained, caring hygienist. We are here not to just help you treat your oral health, but to help you prevent any detriment to it!

This Month, Help Us Raise Awareness About Diabetes-Related Periodontal Disease

Most of us know at least one person who is affected by these diseases. If you have a friend, family member, neighbor, or coworker who has diabetes or periodontitis, share this information with them! It’s essential that they understand the relationship between these two things—and, what they can do to help improve their situation.

Thank you for your trust in our practice!


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