Type 2 Diabetes and Your Overall Health

For years my hygienists and I have been stressing the importance of oral health to our patients, especially when we discover inflamed gum tissue, or worse, infection into the bone that supports your teeth. If you don’t keep your oral health in good shape, meaning brushing and flossing at least twice a day, it can affect more areas of your body than just your mouth.

“A recent study suggests “treating chronic gum inflammation” may help people with type 2 diabetes “control their disease.” The study of 264 people with type 2 diabetes and periodontitis found that “over the course of a year, patients who got intensive periodontal treatment from dentists saw improvements not just in their blood glucose levels but in the health of their kidneys and blood vessels, too.” Study leader Dr. Francesco D’Aiuto said, “While more research is needed to explore the exact mechanisms” by which treating periodontitis can help people with diabetes, “a reduction of systemic inflammation…is the most plausible link.” The findings were published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.”

Make sure you see us twice a year for regular cleanings and exams, brush and floss twice daily with no short cuts (I know you know what I mean) and keep those gums and teeth healthy. This is the best way to prevent oral bacteria from circulating in your blood stream causing problems that can have long term consequences.

Dr. Rob Thorup