Diabetes and Your Teeth: A Cycle That Goes “Round and Round”

Diabetes and periodontal (gum) disease are a dangerous cycle that impact everything from your smile to your waistline. While you may have never thought that the two go hand-in-hand, scientific research suggests otherwise.

Diabetes and Your Teeth: A Cycle That Goes “Round and Round”As time has gone by, researchers have found that it becomes difficult, if not impossible, to manage your blood sugar levels if you have gum disease. Likewise, if you have uncontrollable diabetes — no matter how well you brush and floss your teeth — you are far more likely to suffer from moderate to severe periodontal disease.

Each one plays off of the other and you may find it difficult if not impossible to catch up. It seems like it may be impossible to finally gain a hold on one of them so that you can work on the other. Fortunately with the help of our dentist in Centennial, you can.

How Our Centennial, CO Dentist Can Help

Establishing a clean environment inside of your mouth that is free from plaque biofilm will consequently reduce the strain to your immune system. The back-and-forth dance of elevated gum infections and dysregulated blood sugar levels then becomes easier to manage. Breaking the cycle of one (gum disease) gives you more control over the other (diabetes.)

As your immune system is less strained, your gums heal and your oral hygiene efforts are more effective. Keeping your real, natural teeth for life truly becomes a reality again! As such, you can find yourself gaining more control over your blood sugar levels and other secondary conditions related to your diabetes.

Frequent cleanings provide your smile with a “leg up” between visits, giving you a head start at breaking the cycle between periodontitis and your blood sugar problems. Even if your teeth and gums appear to be healthy, deep gum pockets caused by previous severe infections need careful monitoring and maintenance. They’re not something that you can just clean with floss every day, try as you may.

Don’t wait until gum disease leads to tooth loss. If you’re diabetic, you owe it to yourself to see Young Family and Cosmetic Dentistry no fewer than two to three times a year. Ask our dentist in Centennial how we can help!

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