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Gum Disease and Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that can affect the whole body, including your mouth. Dental care is particularly important for people with diabetes because they face a higher than normal risk of oral health problems due to poorly controlled blood sugars. Uncontrolled diabetes impairs white blood cells, these are the body’s main defense against bacterial infections that can occur in the mouth. The bacteria in the mouth left untreated, can affect and enhance systemic disease’s such as diabetes. It has been researched that people with diabetes are more likely to have gum disease (Periodontal Disease) than people without diabetes. People who don’t have their diabetes under control are especially at risk for contracting infections. Bacterial infections’, including gum disease (periodontal disease) affects the control of the blood glucose levels and insulin requirements that may lead to unstable diabetes. Dry mouth is one of the symptoms from unstable diabetes that can lead to ulcers, infections and tooth decay. This is the reason why periodontal infection in the mouth needs to be treated and eliminated with regular dental hygiene visits and a dedicated dental home care routine. *Next month: Gum Disease and Heart Disease

Written by: Bernadette Kozak, IPDH

Fryeburg Family Dental

Contact: Fryeburg Family Dental

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