Diabetes and Gum Disease
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One of the complications that can arise from having diabetes is gum disease. Find out the link between diabetes and gum disease in this video.
Transcript: People with diabetes are very likely to develop gum disease-and the body-wide inflammation that it triggers...
People with diabetes are very likely to develop gum disease-and the body-wide inflammation that it triggers makes it more difficult to control blood glucose levels. But why are diabetes and gum disease connected? High glucose levels in saliva, and poor blood circulation-both are problems for diabetics- allow bacteria in your mouth to thrive, increasing your risk for gingivitis and periodontal disease. If you're a diabetic who smokes, your chances of developing gum disease are even greater. A smoker is 20 times more likely to develop periodontal disease than a non-smoker. Smoking can also decrease blood flow to the gums-making them slow to heal and even MORE prone to infection. Excess body fat is also a concern. Not only are 85% of people with type 2 diabetes obese, but excess body fat can produce chemicals that stimulates gum inflammation, leaving the mouth and gums vulnerable to infection. To protect your gums and teeth, you want to control your blood glucose levels with regular exercise, a healthy diet and by sticking to your medication regimen. To learn more about how to avoid complications of diabetes, watch the other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2016-08-23 | Tags »
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