Statistics show that about 6 million people in the United States have diabetes, but are unaware of their condition. It’s likely that many of these Americans do not see a dentist regularly either. Recent studies suggest that consistent dental care might help flag these cases.
At our Southfield dentist office, we are not concerned with only your teeth and gums. We think a holistic approach to health care is a better model. We take a very thorough medical and dental history for each patient and note all medications taken and his or her lifestyle habits. If we have concerns about other medical issues, we let our patients know that they need to see their primary care provider or a particular specialist. If you need one, we will make recommendations for you.
In a 2009 New York University study, researchers found that 93 percent of study subjects who had periodontal disease were at risk for diabetes. The two conditions appear to feed each other. High blood sugar increases the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. On the flip side, the gum inflammation appears to make it harder for diabetics to control their glucose levels. It becomes a vicious cycle of oral inflammation and systemic health problems throughout the whole body. Treating periodontitis and making appropriate lifestyle changes have been shown to cut inflammation, improve circulation, and even reduce the need for insulin treatment among diabetics.
Gum disease has been correlated to pregnancy complications and cases of heart disease, stroke, cancer and respiratory diseases, as well. Studies indicate women are less likely to have loose teeth or give birth prematurely if their gums are healthy. Reducing oral bacteria in nursing home or hospital patients with ventilators also has been linked to fewer cases of pneumonia among these clients.
If you have bleeding, swollen or red gums, get them checked out. It could save your life!
Call our Southfield Dentist office today at 248-356-8790 to schedule an appointment!
So that’s all for this week! Until next time,
Dr. Mark W Langberg, DDS, MAGD
26206 West 12 Mile Road, Suite 303
Southfield, MI 48034