Diabetics & Gum Disease


            Diabetics should be conscientious about visiting the dentist as often as recommended. According to a recent review of data from seven studies, patients with both diabetes and gum disease who were treated for their periodontal conditions over a four-month period displayed better glucose control than diabetic patients whose gum disease was left untreated. Periodontal disease, a bacterial infection of the gums that induces redness and inflammation, can be effectively treated with antibiotics and plaque removal by the hygienist. Plaque is the bacteria-laden, sticky substance that collects on tooth surfaces. This buildup may cause chemical changes that weaken diabetics’ ability to metabolize glucose. Thus, diabetic patients should be scrupulous about brushing and flossing at home and scheduling regular professional tooth cleanings.   

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