Suffering from diabetes can make you more susceptible to periodontal disease, especially when the diabetes is not under proper control.
Diabetes is characterized by too much glucose or sugar in the blood. Type II diabetics are unable to regulate the insulin levels in their body, leaving too much glucose in their blood. Type I diabetics don’t produce any insulin at all. If left to worsen, diabetes can lead to heart disease and stroke.
The Link Between the Two Ailments
Experts think that the relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease can effectively worsen both conditions, especially if either condition is not properly controlled.
Diabetics often suffer from increased blood sugar and blood vessel thickening. This keeps sugar levels high in the mouth and prevents waste from being purged from the mouth, both contributing to more severe periodontal disease.
Smoking and poor oral hygiene are two factors that can increase your risk of periodontal disease, and diabetes sufferers should refrain from smoking and engage in good oral care to prevent the disease from spreading.
Diagnosis and Proper Treatment
If you are diabetic, make a point to visit with Dr. Brusky at your earliest convenience. Green Bay’s preferred dentist will perform a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and mouth to determine if you suffer from periodontal disease.
For patients in Howard, Shawano, De Pere, Seymour, or Pulaski, call (920) 662-1440 or use the handy form on the right to schedule an appointment today.