Diabetes and Your Oral Health
Research shows that individuals suffering from uncontrolled diabetes have a higher risk of developing an infection in the mouth. An active infection in the mouth can impair the body’s ability to process insulin effectively. Therefore, treatment of periodontal disease is necessary to help control blood sugar levels. Regular dental visits for professional cleanings, periodic periodontal evaluations, and eating a well-balanced diet are essential for diabetic patients.
Gum Disease and Cardiovascular Health Problems
Numerous studies show that maintaining optimal oral health can reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes. When bacteria enter the bloodstream through open wounds in the mouth, they can travel through the cardiovascular system and contribute to blockages and inflammation. In fact, individuals with periodontal disease are at significantly higher risk of having a heart attack or a stroke.
Link Between Gum Disease, Low-Birth Weights, and Preterm Delivery
Some research suggests a link between periodontal disease and an increased risk of low birth weight infants. Maintaining good oral health can also help prevent premature delivery, so it is important for pregnant women to keep regular cleanings and checkups throughout their pregnancies. Pregnant women must also be very diligent with flossing and brushing routines.
Learn more about the systemic effects of gum disease by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Ian Turner
at our North Andover or Medford periodontal office today.