Did you know that November is National Diabetes Month in the United States? The month is designed to bring awareness to diabetes (Type 1, Type 2, and gestational). To help celebrate this month and do our part for spreading awareness, we want to focus on the link between gum disease and all types of diabetes. Gum disease is more likely to occur for people with diabetes. Periodontal disease can also be quite dangerous and problematic for diabetics. Taking good care of your smile is important for everyone, but it can be extremely important for those with a condition like diabetes. Talk to Dr. Young in Lafayette, LA about your smile’s health and needs.
Gum Disease More Likely
People with diabetes tend to have a more difficult time fighting any form of infection. This can help increase the risk of the infection of the gum tissue. Another reason that gum disease is a higher risk for those with diabetes is that people with the disease do not have consistent blood sugar levels. High levels of glucose in the blood can create a mouth more suited for bacterial buildup.
Oral Health For Diabetics
Infection can cause spikes in blood sugar, which can be life threatening for someone with diabetes. Gum disease that is allowed to advance into serious stages can cause persistent inflammation and infection. If you are a person who has both diabetes and gum disease, it is important to have regular treatments to manage gum disease. For women who are pregnant, oral health is also important, especially for women with gestational diabetes.
Preventing Gum Disease
The best way to prevent gum disease is to prevent the buildup of bacterial plaque and tartar along the gums. To do so, you must keep your mouth clean with routine dental visits and cleanings, strong oral hygiene, and mindful nutrition.
Oral health is important to everybody
There is a two-way link between gum disease and diabetes. To schedule a consultation, call the office of Michael J. Young, DDS, in Lafayette, LA, today at 337-237-6453. We proudly serve patients from Breaux Bridge, Broussard, Scott, Youngsville, and surrounding communities