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November is Diabetes Awareness Month

November 12, 2014
Posted By: Dr. Kevin Burgdorf
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You may have heard some of the most recent research that links gum disease to other systemic conditions such as heart disease and stroke, but did you also know that many people who have gum disease have a more difficult time controlling their blood sugar? While the link between gum disease and diabetes is not yet completely understood, research shows that people with gum disease often have a harder time getting control of their diabetes and controlling insulin levels. 

According to the CDC, between 9-10% of Americans currently suffer from diabetes and the number is growing each year.

Because periodontal disease is an inflammatory illness caused by an infection, it makes sense that it would complicate other systemic illnesses. By controlling gum disease, you can improve your overall health.

The best ways to control gum disease include: 

  • Brushing your teeth twice daily
  • Flossing your teeth daily
  • Regular professional dental cleanings
  • Regular dental exams

If we notice changes in your oral health, we will make recommendations to address your condition. In many cases, when we catch gum disease early enough, we can reverse it with improved home care and professional dental cleanings designed to eliminate bacteria and infection. 

Certain medications and medical conditions, such as dry mouth, can also increase your chances of developing periodontal disease.

Some of the most common symptoms of gum disease include: 

  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Swollen gums
  • Sensitivity
  • Pain when brushing or flossing
  • Tooth mobility
  • Tooth loss

If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact us right away so we can help you take the first steps to improving your oral health and your overall health with comprehensive, gentle, high-quality dentistry.

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