Dentists and Diabetes: An Unlikely Pair
Today, March 27, 2012, is American Diabetes Alert Day. I look for any excuse to celebrate around here, so today I am going to celebrate the fact that I do not have diabetes. If you aren't sure if you can celebrate this victory, then I can help...actually, the American Diabetes Association can help with their diabetes risk test you can take right now on their website. Considering there has recently been a great deal of research surrounding the link between oral health and diabetes, we want to provide our readers with information regarding this serious condition and the link it has with your oral health. Recently, researchers have been studying the effect diabetes might have on gum disease and vice versa. What they found was astounding! Many diabetics also had a more severe problem with gum disease. This discovery led researchers to believe that people with diabetes have a higher risk of developing gum disease. The silver lining on this cloud is research also found that those with diabetes who controlled their blood sugar more effectively often reduced their chance of developing gum disease.Another revealing association - treating your gum disease can help control your blood sugar! This is great news because now we know that taking care of your blood sugar will help your gum disease and taking care of your gum disease can help control your blood sugar. It is a two way street - one affects the other.Being aware of these connections might help reduce the problems you encounter with diabetes, gum disease or both! In fact, keeping your gums healthy could help prevent diabetes all together...or at least delay it. If you didn't have enough reasons to take care of your mouth before, preventing and controlling diabetes should definitely convince you now. So this American Diabetes Alert Day, make the decision to take better care of your teeth and gums in order to take better care of your health. Are you at risk for diabetes? Take this Diabetes Risk Test from the American Diabetes Association to see. "Oral and General Health - Exploring the Connection." Associations Between Gum Disease and Diabetes. Web. 14 Mar. 2012.