July 10, 2016
Diabetes is on the rise in America. Did you know that over 30 million Americans currently have diabetes, and that it’s the 7th leading cause of death in America? What’s more frightening is the rate that this number is increasing each year. Did you know that your oral health could actually contribute to diabetes, and vice versa? For example, if you have diabetes you’re 3 to 4 times more likely to develop periodontal disease, while periodontal disease may contribute to your diabetes getting worse. Your dentist in Las Vegas, NV discusses diabetes and your oral health.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal, or gum disease occurs when plaque builds up in between your gum tissue and your tooth, which allows bacteria to attack the root of your tooth and cause damage. In severe cases of gum disease, known as periodontitis, your tooth and root become so damaged that your tooth becomes loose and may fall out. In this phase of gum disease, your dental team will need to perform a deep cleaning below the gum line known as scaling and root planing in order to remove plaque and tartar build up.
The good news is that in the earlier stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis, your condition can be effectively managed with a thorough cleaning and improved home care. Your dental hygienist can give you tips and techniques for improving your home care routine that will help you keep gum disease at bay.
How Does Gum Disease Contribute to Diabetes?
When you have periodontitis, bacteria has descended below your gum line and begins to attack your tooth root. This bacteria can also enter your bloodstream and travel to other areas of your body. This is where it may contribute to your symptoms of diabetes and make your condition worse.
Periodontal disease has also been linked with other serious health conditions such as cardiovascular disease and strokes. Because we’re understanding more about how oral health and overall health are related, it’s even more important to visit your dentist at least twice per year, sometimes more if you’ve experienced gum disease. Your dentist is able to detect gum disease in its earliest stages, giving you the best chance at successfully managing your condition with the least invasive treatment.
Dr. Michael Hollingshead is your premiere dentist in Las Vegas, NV and has many years of experience in helping patients manage gum disease and maintain optimum oral health. If you notice that your gums are red and swollen, or they bleed when you brush your teeth, contact our office right away, as these are the early signs of gum disease. Your overall health and well being are too important to put on hold, contact us today to schedule your appointment.
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