Scientists and dentists are doing more research nowadays on the effects of health issues and the ways it harms oral health. Recently, they have discovered that diabetes has a particularly harmful effect on oral health. More tests are being done each year as to which diabetes causes certain kinds of risks and harm. But, what they know now is knowledge enough to be concerned with your oral health if you battle diabetes in your daily life.
What is Diabetes?
It is defined as a set of diseases that increase the amount of sugar, or glucose, in the bloodstream. There are several types of diabetes, which are type 2 diabetes, which is the most common. Type 2 diabetes is the most common among Americans because of the obesity epidemic. Type 2 increases the sugar in the blood, which can result in very high blood pressure and heart complications. Type 1 diabetes causes the pancreas to not produce enough insulin to combat the high glucose and sugar content in the blood.
Prediabetes is diagnosed when the blood sugar is too high, but not high enough to be type 2 diabetes. Gestational diabetes is prevalent in pregnant women. The pregnancy changes their bodies to where their insulin is lowered. This type of diabetes usually goes away after birth.
How Does It Affect My Mouth?
The biggest risk for people with diabetes is periodontal disease. Diabetes can affect several parts of the body if glucose control is not maintained. The high amount of glucose and blood sugar rots the gums and teeth, resulting in a weak structure that will eventually lead to tooth loss. Once periodontal disease takes hold, there is no going back, as dentists can only fix what the disease is breaking. If the glucose remains at dangerous levels, with poor control, the situation will worsen.
It is important to note that diabetes is a serious disease and should be taken with caution just the same. It affects almost every part of the body if the person is in poor control of their blood sugar and insulin levels. Talk to your dentist about what more you can do to prevent further damage to your oral health.
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