Here’s something you probably never realized. Every person has more tiny bacteria living in their mouth right now, than there are people on the planet! That’s A LOT of bacteria!!
The sad thing is, If bacteria settles in your gums, you can end up with periodontal disease. This chronic, inflammatory disease can destroy your gums, all the tissues holding your teeth and even your bones.
Unfortunately, periodontal disease is the most common dental disease affecting those living with diabetes, Nearly 22% of those diagnosed with diabetes has periodontal disease. In fact, people with diabetes are at a higher risk for gum problems because of poor blood sugar control.
As with all infections, serious gum disease may cause blood sugar to rise. This makes diabetes harder to control because you are more susceptible to infections and are less able to fight the bacteria invading the gums.
Regular dental visits are important and at the top of the list to help fight this. Research suggests that treating gum disease can help improve blood sugar control in patients living with diabetes. Obviously, that would help decrease the progression of the gum disease.
Practicing good oral hygiene and having professional deep cleanings done by your dentist can help to lower your HbA1c. This is a lab test that shows your average level of blood sugar over the previous three months. It indicates how well you are controlling your diabetes. Keeping that low diminishes your chance for continuing gum disease problems.
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