At Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington TX, we are concerned not only with the condition of your mouth, but also with how it affects your complete physical health and general well-being.
Today’s post looks at the connection between diabetes and oral health and may be of interest to Arlington residents with diabetes as well as individuals who are trying to reduce their risk factors.
Scientists have known for quite some time that people with diabetes have higher rates of gum disease. Maintaining proper blood glucose levels is the key to minimizing the risk of gum disease and related problems for those affected.
Additional research is exploring the reverse relationship. In other words, whether poor oral health increases the risk of developing diabetes. Findings from a long-term study suggests that it does.
Additional trials are exploring how tooth and gum health bumps the ability of diabetics to manage the disease.
“Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious gum disease, but serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.”2
If you have diabetes, it is critical that you see a dentist regularly and are passionate about daily oral hygiene, proper nutrition, and other vital practices. Moreover, your success in controlling your blood glucose levels will improve your oral health and vice-versa.
If you don’t have a dentist and live in Mansfield and the greater Grand Prairie area, contact us at Stephen Ratcliff Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington TX. We perform general dentistry, extractions, implants, and restorative dentistry among other things.
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