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Gum Disease and Diabetes – Randolph, NJ

How They Affect
Each Other

 

According to recent studies, a two-way relationship exists between oral health and diabetes. Gum disease, an infection of the soft tissues that support the teeth, increases blood sugar levels which elevate the risk of diabetic complications. Patients who already have diabetes are more susceptible to infection, and therefore, more likely to contract the disease. The bottom line? Everyone, especially diabetics, needs to pay close attention to his or her oral health. In addition, CRP levels (Cardio Reactive Protein) are routinely elevated in those with gum disease. This is available as a blood test your Medical Doctor can provide. An increase in CRP is related to heart attack risk. Keep reading to learn more about the link between gum disease and diabetes from your Randolph,  NJ  dentist and team.

Gum Disease & Diabetes Care

Doctor checking patient's diabetes numbers

Caught in its early stages, gum disease can be treated and reversed. Statistics show that up to 75% of Americans have some form of gum disease, usually mild, like gingivitis. Your dentist can show you at-home methods to reduce the risk of gum disease and provide simple therapies to restore your oral health. Common treatments for gum disease include:

  • Scaling – removing plaque from below the gum line.
  • Root Planing – smoothing the roots of teeth to prevent bacterial attachment.
  • Antibiotics – battling the infection with a topical solution.

Patients with advanced gum disease (Periodontitis) may benefit from periodontal surgery or laser treatment. Advances in dental instruments and techniques have made gum disease therapy more effective and comfortable than ever before.

According to the IDF, diabetics who had their gum disease treated showed considerable improvement. If you have diabetes, tell your dentist. Together, you can develop a plan of action that removes obstacles to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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