The link between dental health and diabetes
Generations of dentists were taught to provide dental treatment and avoid diabetic complications. Dentists thought of teeth first and diabetes second.
The world is different now. Dentistry’s is focused on improving oral health. When we improve your dental health we will help you with diabetes. Dental disease is a type chronic infection. Periodontal disease fits this description best. Abscessed teeth are a chronic low level infections. Occasionally abscessed cause acute pain. These chronic low level diseases or pathology profoundly effects diabetes. Low level inflammation diseases release inflammatory proteins and mediators into the blood stream. These proteins directly affect diabetic’s A1C goal.
How does diabetes affect your health? Diabetes affects capillaries. Capillaries are small blood vessels. Capillaries are present in retina, kidneys, gums and toes. Diabetics know that these organs are affected their disease. Inflammation products from gums and tooth disease are transported though our blood vessels to capillaries. Okay, enough biology and pathology.
Dentists and hygienists work to improve health by getting your teeth clean. Diabetics should get their teeth cleaned professionally six (yes 6) times a year. Treat all active tooth and gums infections. Your improved dental health with improve your A1C.
You can fine the American Dental Association position paper on diabetes athttps://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/diabetes
The American Diabetes Association website ishttp://www.diabetes.org/
The local American Diabetes Association chapter is http://www.diabetes.org/in-my-community/local-offices/albany-new-york/
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