What Diabetes Does To Your Teeth And Gums


Posted on 1/15/2020 by Dr. Brandon Cooley
What Diabetes Does To Your Teeth And GumsDiabetes affects how your body processes sugar. After the food you eat is processed, it is turned into sugar, which is then turned into energy. Without proper control of how your body processes sugar, your body will barely function optimally.

In diabetes type 1, your body struggles to make enough insulin, a hormone that helps with the processing of sugar in the body. In diabetes type 2, the body doesn't respond to insulin optimally. Both will easily lead to high blood sugar levels, causing problems with your eyes, kidneys, heart, and nerves. So how do your teeth and gums tie into all of this?

People With Diabetes Are Prone To Gum Disease

Poor blood sugar control can easily lead to gum problems. It encourages the bacteria in your mouth to thrive, which start eating into your tooth enamel as well as your gums. With time, this can easily lead to a chronic inflammatory disease known as periodontal disease, which destroys your gums as well as the tissues holding your teeth and bones.

Even worse, this condition causes the blood sugar levels in your body to rise, resulting in a domino effect. Diabetes encourages gum disease, and gum disease leads to high blood sugar levels. Since diabetes makes it tough for your body to fight the bacteria invading the gums, it is much easier to prevent both gum disease and diabetes than to try and fight them.

How To Fight It AllIdeally, making regular visits to our offices is important to keep your dental health in check. Once we treat your gum disease, our procedures can easily inhibit the progress of diabetes by improving your body's blood sugar control. For instance, you can have us deep clean your mouth professionally to remove any harmful bacteria.

Fighting gum disease will give you more control over your diabetes. However, you don't have to have diabetes to benefit from our gum disease prevention procedure. Make visits to our offices regularly to enjoy a healthy dentition.
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