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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

September, Self-Improvement Month….the Connection between Periodontal Disease and Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

Medical and dental research has proven that people with untreated gum disease are at significantly higher risk for developing heart disease and diabetes. Also, current patients who already have diabetes are at a higher risk of developing gum disease, making the need for effective gum disease treatment a clear medical priority. Gum disease is proven to be connected with both diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The ability to eliminate periodontal infection is one way of improving overall health, and guarding against other serious medical conditions as mentioned. DIABETES The connection between diabetes and periodontal disease is such where part of the body’s natural response to infection in the gums results in an increase in the blood sugar level. This happens as the bacteria from the gums travels through the bloodstream. For people who already have diabetes, this can make managing the disease far more difficult. Unmanaged diabetes opens patients up to the chance of kidney and eye damage, stroke or heart attack. For people without diabetes, a sustained increase in blood sugar levels makes contracting Type 2 diabetes far more likely than with normal blood sugar levels. Additionally, diabetics have a higher risk of gum disease because their bodies are less able to fight off infections than people without diabetes. HEART DISEASE The effects of periodontal disease extend to patients’ cardiovascular (heart) health as well. All people, whether or not they have diabetes, face far higher chances of having heart attacks if they have gum disease than do their counterparts with healthy gums. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among Americans and as many as one-third of people with heart disease die due to their conditions. Talk to you dentist at your visits about gum disease, and whether you are at risk. A full periodontal assessment should be part of your visit. Dentists can help with persistent periodontal infection, as well as prevention, with many different treatment modalities, not just surgical intervention. (PRWEB), Dr. Tiger


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