Gum Health Affects Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

gum disease increases diabetes risk Atlanta

There is a link between type 2 diabetes and gum disease, which is another reason to have regular cleanings and checkups at Flax Dental in Atlanta.

Diabetes affects the way the body uses glucose (blood sugar). Scientists have known for a long time that people with diabetes have higher rates of gum disease. For diabetics, maintaining proper blood glucose levels is the key to minimizing the risk of gum disease and related issues.

Diabetes affects the ability to fight off bacteria that can cause gum infections. It can also affect the ability to control blood sugar. People with diabetes are at greater risk for:

  • Gingivitis, which is mild gum disease
  • Periodontitis, which is advanced gum disease
  • Thrush, a type of fungal infection
  • Dry mouth, which can increase the risk of infection, cavities, and mouth sores

If you have diabetes it is critical that you control your blood sugar as recommended by your doctor. It’s also essential to brush twice a day and floss at least once.

At Flax Dental in Atlanta we can treat gum disease. People from Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, and Dunwoody come to our practice for our health and wellness dentistry, and much more. Please call us today to schedule your next cleaning and checkup!

Contact Flax Dental:

404-255-9080

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5673 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, #430
Atlanta, Georgia
30342

 

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Posted in: Dental health, Gum Disease Prevention, Health & Wellness Dentistry

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