In a recent article, we touched briefly on the connections between oral health and the health of the rest of the body. We briefly touched on diabetes and the connection with periodontal disease, and in this article, we’ll go into a little more detail.

Diabetes is a disorder that happens when the body has a higher-than-normal amount of blood sugar, known as glucose. Ordinarily, the hormone insulin regulates this sugar level and helps the cells of your body use this blood sugar for energy. Diabetes is the condition where the body doesn’t produce enough insulin leading to too much sugar in the bloodstream.

Insulin isn’t the only factor, however. It’s been found that the kind of inflammation from periodontal disease can impact the body’s ability to manage glucose as well. So, those who have both diabetes and gum disease may find themselves having an even harder time managing their blood sugar levels than they would otherwise. Diabetes, and the high blood sugar levels that result, also make for an environment where gum infections can be more likely to happen.

Fighting diabetes with a healthy mouth

Because of this link, getting treatment for gum disease can help improve things for those with diabetes. It’s yet another reason why taking care of your oral health is an important part of caring for your overall wellbeing. Make sure you are practicing good oral hygiene habits; brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing.

For those who have noticed the early signs of gum disease, or who have already been diagnosed, contact our office to find out what treatment options are right for you.