What Dental Health Has to Do with Diabetes

  • Posted on: Aug 22 2017
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2017  CDC figures 30.3 million U.S. people have diabetes (9.4% of population)- 23.8% with disease are not yet diagnosed!  75% of adults have a degree of periodontal disease-from gingivitis to severe disease. In the earliest stages it is silent (except signs of bleeding gums).
What is Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes: If you have type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance: Muscles, fat and liver cells become insensitive to insulin, forcing the pancreas to crank out higher and higher amounts and glucose levels rise. At first, your pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for it. But, over time it isn’t able to keep up and can’t make enough insulin to keep your blood glucose at normal levels. While is a chronic condition, the good news is, that many cases can be prevented.

Type 1 diabetes:  A chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Different factors, including genetics and some viruses, may contribute to type 1 diabetes. Although type 1 diabetes usually appears during childhood or adolescence, it can develop in adults. Despite active research, type 1 diabetes has no cure. Treatment focuses on managing blood sugar levels with insulin, diet and lifestyle to prevent complications.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gums, connective tissue and bones supporting the teeth. Any sign of bleeding is NOT normal.  We measure pockets which indicate level of disease. It is a disease of bacterial inflammation.

What is the dental connection between Diabetes and Periodontal disease?

Those that have periodontal disease  are more prone to diabetes.  AS WELL, those that have diabetes, are more prone to periodontal disease.

How does this happen? The body’s regulation of inflammation directly and jointly affects the gum disease bacteria infection production  AND the way the body makes insulin.At Clarendon Dental Arts we connect the two. Through our very thorough Dental Physical and the questions we ask, we are keenly aware of the signs and symptoms and make recommendations for your overall health – including talking to your physician about our concerns.


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