How Does Diabetes Affect Your Oral Health?

If you’re one of the 30 million Americans who have diabetes, you may be surprised to learn about an unexpected complication associated with this condition. Among those with diabetes, research shows that there is an increased prevalence of gum disease. Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious gum disease, but with other complications associated with diabetes, such as heart disease, stroke and kidney disease serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.

Diabetes impairs the body’s ability to fight off infections, decreases blood flow and circulation to gum tissue, and in many cases elevates the sugar levels within the oral cavity. These factors tend to promote gum disease and tooth decay.

The Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health stated that good oral health is integral to general health. Drs. Mitch Godat & Roger Craddock could not agree more to brush and floss properly and see your dentist for regular checkups.

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