Sep 15 2015

Diabetes and Your Smile

This is an excerpt from a prevous Wellness Newsletter written by Jenna, our Registered Dietitian.

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Let’s take a quick look at oral health in relation to diabetes.  7.2% of the U.S. population has periodontitis, or gum disease.  That accounts for 64.7 million adults over the age of 30.  95% of Americans who have diabetes have gum disease.  What is behind this correlation?  Individuals with diabetes are more susceptible to bacterial infection, and have a decreased ability to fight infection that invades their gums.  Without proper hygiene and control of blood sugar, inflammation of the gums can occur which can lead to higher than normal blood sugar readings.  Gum disease is also inked to cardiovascular disease, respiratory issues, osteoporosis, and pregnancy issues.  Pneumonia development is 4x higher in patients who have gum disease.  Osteoporosis decreases the jaw bone’s strength and durability which over time decreases its density leading to tooth decay and loss.  Be mindful of your sugar intake, brush and floss daily, and visit your dentist every 6 months.  You know the drill!