November is National Diabetes Awareness Month
One of the largest growing health concerns in America is diabetes. According to the CDC, almost 10% of the population has diabetes, whether it is diagnosed or undiagnosed, making it one of the most common diseases in the country. It is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.
Diabetes means that your body does not properly respond to or produce insulin. Type I Diabetes, or early-onset diabetes, means your body does not properly produce insulin and insulin is required in order to support your health for the rest of your life.
Type 2 diabetes, which includes more than 90% of people with diabetes, is usually diagnosed after the age of forty and may be able to be controlled with lifestyle changes and weight loss.
The Periodontal Disease and Diabetes Link
Some research links inability to control blood sugar with periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an infection in your gums and is inflammatory in nature. Many scientists believe that the link between gum disease and diabetes is due to inflammation and that treating your gum disease contributes to your overall health.
For many years, research has linked gum disease with other systemic illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, and respiratory illnesses. While more information is needed to find out the cause and effect relationship, doctors all agree that healthier gums mean better overall health for your entire body.
Common symptoms of gum disease include red, swollen, and inflamed gums. Bleeding when you brush and floss, bad breath, and sensitivity are also common. If you experience any of these symptoms, we encourage you to call our Boca Raton dental office or our Ft. Lauderdale dental office and schedule an evaluation with one of our highly skilled dentists.
Treatment for gum disease varies depending on the severity of your condition, but often includes specialized dental cleanings, improved home care, special rinses or antibiotic treatments and in some cases, surgery.
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