November is National Diabetes Month. Why does this matter to you and your Century City cosmetic dentist?
A 2014 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that nearly 10 percent of the American population has diabetes. Nearly 26 percent of those are seniors over the age of 65. Additionally, diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.
However, you may not be aware that there is a two-way relationship between diabetes and oral health. Specifically, research indicates an increased probability of gum disease among diabetics. The problem is that gum disease infects the gums and increases blood sugar levels leading to a higher risk of diabetic complications. Proper flossing and brushing becomes a vital part of a diabetic’s daily routine.
Conversely, the American Diabetes Association suggests that practicing good oral hygiene might help prevent diabetes because “serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.”
Therefore, your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist wants to share the importance of good oral hygiene both to limit the potential that you might develop diabetes as well as to control potential oral health problems – such as gingivitis, periodontitis, thrush, and oral cancer – for those who already have the disease.
While everyone needs to maintain good oral hygiene to prevent dental as well as other potential medical issues, those with diabetes should keep these additional tips in mind.
The only way to keep your mouth healthy is to practice good oral hygiene and to talk with your dentist about proper dental.
Just because you have diabetes, doesn’t mean you will have dental problems. Practice common sense when it comes to your dental and medical health.