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Diabetes & Oral Health
Posted on 8/20/2017 by Dr. Karl Zeren
Diabetic patients are more likely to develop periodontal disease, which in turn can increase blood sugar and diabetic complications. Individuals suffering from diabetes, especially uncontrolled diabetics, have a higher risk of developing bacterial infections throughout their bodies, and specifically in the mouth. These infections may impair your body’s ability to process or utilize insulin, resulting in greater difficulty with controlling your diabetes. Periodontal diseases in the diabetic patient are often more severe than those of a non-diabetic and treatment may be more difficult and less predictable due to their increased risk of infection and poor healing. However, well-controlled diabetics have been shown to heal predictably and can undergo even the most advanced procedures with a good likelihood for success. Steps to prevent periodontal disease include daily brushing and flossing to remove plaque from your teeth and gums, regular dental visits for professional cleaning, and regular periodontal evaluation. Your health professional must also be told of your medical history and the current status of your condition including your blood glucose level and hemoglobin A1c levels. You can significantly reduce your risk for periodontal infection by maintaining control of your blood sugar levels, watching your weight, and routine exercise.

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