Did you know that gum disease can raise your blood sugar level?
by: Dental Assistant Team
Over the years it has been observed that people with diabetes are more prone to gum disease than those without diabetes. The latest research found that people with more severe gum disease have higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes and have a harder time controlling their type 2 diabetes. They also have long term blood sugar level, may be at higher risk of developing pregnancy diabetes, and at higher risk of experiencing problems with their eyes, kidneys, or even have a heart attack.
Now you might wonder: how does gum disease make blood sugar go up?
Scientists believe that the gum infected by germs somehow leaks into our bloodstream after we eat, brush our teeth, or even chew. Our body's response to this germ infestation produces some powerful molecules that are in fact harmful to our body, in this case, raising the blood sugar level.
The best advice we can give, aside from keeping your sugar intake within healthy limits, is to get your teeth professionally cleaned to help keep your gums healthy and help avoiding gum disease.
People with type 2 diabetes can contribute to healthy blood sugar levels by maintaining good oral health. In addition to professional teeth cleaning, routine screenings for gum disease are highly recommended.
When you come into our dental office for gum disease screening we will measure your gums with a small ruler. Any pockets measured 4mm and up are a concern. Bleeding or tenderness are also of concern and should be treated or watched carefully.
Remember, gum disease can lead to other problems in your body and keeping it under the professional surveillance of a dentist can help you avoid blindness, kidney disease, and more as recent research now suggests.
Healthy mouths = healthy bodies!!!
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Article date: Jul. 08 2013
Type: Gum Disease
Location: Boca Raton - Palm Beach County