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How Periodontal Disease Affects Diabetes

How Periodontal Disease Affects DiabetesSeveral studies have linked diabetes and periodontal disease. If you have either Type 1 diabetes or Type 2 diabetes and periodontitis, you may be more prone to suffering complications due to your periodontitis. Our Los Angeles dental implant specialist explains.

Periodontal disease has long been considered a complication of diabetes. Those who have poor control of their blood glucose levels are at the greatest risk.

People with diabetes often have difficulty fighting off bacterial infections, such as those associated with periodontal disease. Advanced periodontal disease can cause blood sugars to increase as the body struggles to combat the infection and inflammation. Prolonged high blood glucose levels can coat and stiffen the red blood cells, which causes cholesterol to build and interferes with circulation. All the major organs in your body can be affected, but your eyes, feet and kidneys may be the first to suffer the damage.

Controlling your blood sugar levels and treating your periodontitis can reduce the risk of long-term complications that are associated with both conditions, such as cardiovascular disease. Your endocrinologist, primary care physician and our periodontist can all work together to create a treatment plan that will help stabilize your blood sugars and improve your gum health.

You can keep your gums and your entire body healthier by maintaining good control over your blood glucose levels, brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing daily, having professional cleanings twice annually and visiting our periodontist regularly for comprehensive evaluations.

Contact our office today to find out more or to schedule your appointment.

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