Dental health researchers have long been examining the connection between gum disease and diabetes.
While it has been found that gum disease can have a negative effect on
diabetes, some more encouraging news has been found - gum disease
therapy an actually help you to control your blood sugar.
New Research Regarding Gum Disease Treatment and Gum Disease
new research was published in the journal Evidence-Based Dentistry, and
it evaluated ten trials involving adults over the age of 18 who were
living with both gum disease and diabetes.
These participants went through non-surgical gum disease
treatment, and it was found that when periodontal therapy was
conducted, patients were better able to control their blood sugar for
Blood sugar levels were reduced while gum health
improved within the first three months after treatment. However, no
obvious changes were noticed six months after treatment.
What This Information Means for You
if you are living with both diabetes and gum disease, what exactly does
this treatment mean for you? It is encouraging news for people like
you, and it highlights the importance of good oral hygiene. When you
properly care for your teeth, your whole body will thank you.
Remember that you are your body's first line of defense
when it comes to gum disease treatment, so be sure that you are brushing
your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time.
You should also floss daily and visit with your dentist a
minimum of once every six months, but depending on the severity of your
gum disease, your dentist may want to see you more frequently.
Make sure that your dentist knows about your diabetes
status. It is important that your dentist is kept in the loop about
things that are going on with your overall health, and if you are taking
any medications to control your disease, you should also report this
Please contact us if you have any questions about gum disease.