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It is National Diabetes Awareness month. What does that have to do with dentistry? A lot!
Diabetes and gum disease go hand in hand. When you have diabetes you are at a higher risk for gum disease, and if you have gum disease already it can get more severe. This is most likely due to the longer healing process associated with diabetes as it compromises your immune system. Also, it seems that treating gum disease can improve blood sugar control. diabetes1
But the link between dentistry and diabetes does not stop there. 1 in 5 cases of tooth loss are directly linked to diabetes. If you have diabetes, you are at a much greater risk for oral health problems. Your oral hygiene is much more important than simply keeping your teeth (though that seems pretty important to us!) Your overall health is dependent on the health of your mouth. After all, your mouth is the gateway to your body. When you look out for your dental hygiene, you are looking out for your entire body. Gum disease can also be linked to heart diseases and conditions as well. It is a BIG deal.
Make sure that you take care of all aspects of your health. Regular dentist appointments truly help to keep your general health on track and are very necessary. Many serious diseases can be detected in early stages by a dentist,
If it has been a while since you have had a checkup, call Dr. Cynthia Skigen st (904) 281-9988 to set up an appointment. Your health depends on it!