Caring for Your Mouth Is Important, Especially If You Have Diabetes

If you suffer from type 2 diabetes, caring for your teeth may be able to help your blood glucose level.

Around 30 million people in the United States live with diabetes, and type 2 diabetes makes up the vast majority of these cases. Type 2 diabetes is a condition that causes your cells not respond to the hormone insulin. If you allow your blood glucose levels to remain at higher levels, things such as neuropathy, nerve damage and eye problems can occur. Along with those issues, individuals with type 2 diabetes are also at an increased risk of gum disease.

A study completed by The Journal of Clinical Periodontology found that individuals with type 2 diabetes that received non-surgical periodontal treatment experienced improved blood glucose levels.

Gum disease affects close to 50% of US adults, 30 years and older. For individuals 65 and older, the percent of people that suffer from gum disease reaches nearly 70%. If you are someone who suffers from diabetes, be sure to schedule an appointment with us today. Periodontal treatment may help keep your blood glucose levels at appropriate levels.

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