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Diabetes and Oral Health

There has been a lot of research on the link between diabetes and periodontal disease over the past 10 years. Periodontal disease is the sixth major complication of diabetes. If you are diagnosed with diabetes, your chances of developing periodontal disease will increase by three to four times, and the chances of more serious bone loss and gum infections will be higher.
What is diabetes? Diabetes is a serious disease that does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone that converts sugar, starch and other foods into energy. Normally, insulin helps to get the sugar from the blood to the body's cells, where it is used for energy. When you have diabetes, your body has trouble making and/or using insulin, so your body doesn't get the fuel it needs, and your blood sugar levels are too high. High blood sugar can lead to complications such as heart, kidney, eye disease and other serious problems.
If you are diagnosed with diabetes, you are three to four times more likely to develop periodontal disease.
Are there different types of diabetes? It is estimated that more than 20 million adults and children in the United States have some form of diabetes - 14 million people have been diagnosed with the disease and 6 million people are not aware of the disease. There are different types of diseases: type 1, type 2, gestational diabetes, and pre-diabetes. Most americans diagnosed with diabetes (about 90%) have type 2 diabetes
What is periodontal disease? Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a bacterial infection of the gums, ligaments and bones that dental supplies support your teeth and hold them to the lower jaw. If you don't treat it, you may lose your teeth. The main cause of periodontal disease is plaque, a thick, colorless microbial film that often forms on your teeth. The toxin (or poison) produced by the bacteria in the plaque stimulates the gums and causes the infection
Diabetes control and periodontal treatment
Periodontal disease can make it more difficult to control your blood sugar. Your body's response to periodontal disease will increase your blood sugar levels. Therefore, it is important for diabetics to treat and eliminate periodontal infection. Combined treatment of periodontal treatment and antibiotics in diabetics can improve blood glucose levels in diabetics, suggesting that treating periodontal disease can reduce the need for insulin
What is the dental equipment warning sign?
Diabetes mellitus
Persistent hunger or thirst
Frequent urination
Blurred vision
Sustained fatigue
Not trying to lose weight
The wound healed badly (the wound healed slowly)
Dry mouth
Itchy, dry skin
A hand or foot that pricked or numbed
Most diabetics don't notice any warning signs
Periodontal disease
Red and swollen gums that bleed when you brush your teeth or floss, and are sensitive to touch
The gums have been removed from the teeth, exposing the root
The deposit of milky white or yellow patches, usually the heaviest between teeth
An abscess between the teeth and gums, which can be tender or swollen in the gum area
From the mouth a persistent stench, a nasty smell

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