Farmington Hills Dentist Discusses Gum Health and Diabetes

Healthy GumsIn last week’s blog our Farmington Hills dentist explained oral systemic health, the connection between a healthy mouth and a healthy body. Understanding how your oral health can influence your entire body will encourage you to take better care of your teeth to reap the benefits of a better quality of life. For diabetics, this is especially true. Dr. Askari of Comfort Dental Spa in Farmington Hills explains how diabetes and oral health are closely related.

Diabetics Have an Increased Risk of Periodontal Disease

In a study by the Journal of Periodontology, 113 Pima Indians with both diabetes and periodontal disease experienced better control of their diabetes with gum disease treatment. While the exact causes of the correlation between gum disease and diabetes are unknown, there is evidence that the two are linked.

How Diabetes Contributes to Gum Disease

With impaired white blood cells, diabetics have a more difficult time defending themselves against infection and a harder time healing. Since gum disease makes controlling blood sugar levels more difficult, gingival infection and diabetes work in a vicious cycle to destroy your oral health. Additionally, some symptoms of diabetes like excess  body fat contribute to gum inflammation.

What You Should Know about Diabetes and Oral Infection

For patients with diabetes, there is hope for better oral health. For example, a patient with his or her diabetes under control has the same risk of gingivitis or gum disease as a patient without diabetes. Keeping your blood sugar levels healthy and maintaining a thorough oral hygiene routine, includeing frequent dental cleanings is your best bet for healthy gums and a healthy body.

Gum Disease Prevention in Farmington Hills

Stay tuned to next week’s blog to learn how to work collaboratively  with your diabetic doctor and our Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Askari for your total wellbeing. Dr. Askari at Comfort Dental Spa can assess your gums and offer treatment to get that inflammation under control and bring your entire body back into balance. Call (248) 474-6434 to schedule your consultation today. Dr. Askari happily serves patients in Farmington Hills, Northfield, Southfield, and Livonia.