Connection between Diabetes and Worsened Gum Health

A study by American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) states that people who suffer through diabetes face extra risk of getting periodontal infections developed in them. Now, medical professionals may look at this new discovery as just another evidence of connections in the body. But, the adults having type I or type II diabetes should get a clear warning from this discovery. Hence, they should be more concerned about their oral health by staying vigilant about tooth decay and gum diseases.

Can diabetes result in gum disease?

Although the exact way diabetes can result in periodontal infection is yet to be known, statistics suggest that there is surely a connection between the both. While there is the need for more researches to be made on this regard, high number of periodontal infection cases among diabetic people is something which suggests a connection. And the health experts think that this connection might have something to do with the overall vulnerability caused due to diabetes. And there is also a warning about this connection to be a ‘two-way’ street.

According to study, there is a chance that gum disease would make it even more difficult for the individuals suffering from diabetes to regulate their blood sugar. So, the diabetics need to rely on insulin injections because this disease is primarily related to the production of insulin. The major reason is that pancreas loses functionality. And this lack in blood regulation can become a bigger problem because of gun infection, leading to the risks for other organs such as blood vessels, nerves, heart, eyes, and kidneys.

Relation between gum infections and heart disease

The matter becomes quite worse when it comes to connection between gum infection and heart health. According to studies, gum infections can lead to the cardiovascular disorders.

What to do in order to avoid gum diseases

Since gum diseases can result in oral and overall health problems, you need to make sure that your oral health is at best. It becomes even more crucial when you have the problem of diabetes. Things that you should do in this regard are as under.

  • Caring for health starts from home. Hence, you need to make sure that you are following oral hygiene instructions properly. You need to brush, floss and use alcohol-free mouthwash to maintain better oral health.
  • To prevent oral diseases, you need to visit your dentist biannually. Dental visits let you know about the state of your oral health. If there is an infection in the making, dental visit can help you to prevent it or get rid of it in the very start.
  • Next thing you should be pretty concerned about is your diet. In case you are diabetic, you need to consult with your physician and the dentist to get a food chart which would suggest you the foods to maintain your oral health while keeping the diabetic problem under control.

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