The Connection Between Diabetes and Perio Disease

When the pancreas does not produce enough insulin for the body to properly store and use the sugar and fat from your diet, diabetes can occur. While diabetes cannot be cured, it can be managed. Through the years diabetics have focused primarily on diet to control their disease. New studies reveal there is a correlation between diabetes and periodontal disease. This information affirms the importance of thorough oral hygiene.

Diabetics Still Face a Greater Risk of Tooth Loss | Dentistry Today

There is a bidirectional relationship between diabetes and periodontitis: one can lead to the other, and when both occur, they can make each other worse. And while care has improved for each disease, they still lead to significant numbers of tooth loss, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In fact, dentists may spot diabetes before the patient is aware of it. General physicians also can advise their patients with diabetes to see their dentists to ensure better oral care.

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Is Diabetes Causing Tooth Loss?

Diabetes is linked to tooth loss primarily because people with diabetes are more susceptible to periodontal disease. Periodontal diseases are infections, inflammations, and loss of tissue in the gums and other tooth-supporting structures such as bone.

Individuals with diabetes, especially those who have poor glucose control, have a blunted defense mechanism against infections. Minor infections in the mouth, therefore, can linger on or worsen, causing chronic inflammation and erosions.

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Daily brushing and flossing, regular dental check-ups and good blood glucose control are the best defense against the oral complications of diabetes. At C R Dental GroupDr. Reisman and Dr. Contrucci encourage their patients to maintain regular dental check-ups to ensure that not only their oral health is managed, but their overall health, as well.