May 11, 2011

The Mysterious Link Between Gum Disease and Diabetes

For years, researches have been asking whether gum disease is a cause of diabetes, or whether it’s the other way around. A connection clearly exists, but what is it?

Though the link is still unclear, recent studies show their relationship runs both ways. Because gum disease increases blood sugar levels, risk of diabetic complications are elevated. And because diabetic patients are more susceptible to infection, they’re more likely to contract gum disease.

As a diabetic who has successfully controlled his blood sugar for over 20 years and avoided negative consequences of diabetes, Dr. Polansky wants to urge others with diabetes to make regular, six-month visits a priority. They’re vital for maintaining oral health as well as the overall health of your body.

Common Treatment for Gum Disease

When you come in for your next visit, Dr. Polansky will perform a thorough, tooth-by-tooth exam to check your gums for signs of infection. These often include swollen or bleeding gums. If caught in its earliest stages, gum disease is easy to reverse. We can even show you therapies you can do at home to reduce your risk of gum disease and restore oral health.

But sometimes brushing and flossing aren’t enough. In these cases, periodontal surgery or laser treatment can be beneficial, as can scaling and root planing, which treat infected areas below the gumline. Thankfully, developments in technology have made gum disease therapies more effective and comfortable than ever before.

Regular Visits Mean Healthier Smiles, Healthier Bodies

Clinical studies show that diabetics under treatment for gum disease showed considerable improvement. If you live in Cherry Hill, Voorhees, Marlton, Haddonfield, Haddon Heights, Audubon, or surrounding areas, call our office to set up an appointment with Dr. Polansky.

And because of our personal connection to this issue, look for more on this topic in the future. We’re committed to helping our patients make better decision for their overall health.

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