Studies show link between gum disease and diabetes

Simple habits like flossing, brushing, and regular dental check-ups may be more important than previously thought. Everyone knows that a healthy mouth means fresh breath and a bright smile, but did you know that failing to properly maintain your teeth and gums could lead to other chronic health problems? Physicians are starting to explore the link between a healthy mouth and a healthy body, and what they have foundĀ could surprise you.

While it has long been known that diabetes increases a patient’s risk of developing periodontitis, a serious form of gum disease, a recent study shows that the reverse might also be true. When your gums become infected, your immune system launches an attack, which causes the gums to become inflamed and chemicals to be released. This inflammation impairs the body’s ability to control blood sugar, and prolonged inflammation may lead to the development of a more permanent condition, such as diabetes.

To maintain your oral and bodily health, it is important to incorporate regular dental check-ups into your routine. Dr. Sid K. Steadman D.D.S. is dedicated to keeping Leander residents healthy and happy with state-of-the-art dentistry services. To schedule an appointment with our team of dental care experts, please call us at (512) 259-3365 today.