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Effect of Gum Disease on Controlling Diabetes

Effect of Gum Disease on Controlling DiabetesA recent report reveals that diabetics can benefit from maintaining good periodontal health. According to the report from the American Academy of Periodontology and the European Federation of Periodontology found that diabetes can increase the risk of periodontal disease, but that periodontal disease can also make diabetes harder to control. The report also outlines ways that doctors and diabetics can better balance health needs.

Periodontal disease is an infection that leads to chronic inflammation of the gum tissues and structures that support the teeth. It begins when the bacteria that live in plaque infect the gums. Plaque needs to be removed frequently to reduce the risk of gum disease. Teeth should be brushed twice a day every day, and flossing with regular floss or an interdental cleaner should occur at least once a day. Although most people need professional dental cleanings about twice a year, those with diabetes may need more frequent cleanings due to their risk of periodontal disease.

If you are a diabetic, watching for symptoms of periodontal disease can ensure you get the treatment you need sooner. Symptoms can include bleeding, inflamed, swollen, or tender gums, as well as chronic bad breath. You may notice teeth that are shifting or that seem to feel loose. If you have periodontal disease, proper treatment can help you gain better control of your diabetes. Conservative treatments are available, but surgery may be needed if the condition has led to significant damage.

Call our periodontics experts today to learn more or to schedule your next appointment with our team.

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