The Link Between Gum Disease & Dangerous Medical Conditions

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You can have periodontal gum disease and not even know it.  Not everyone has symptoms like bleeding gums, tooth loss, or bad breath.

While you may be aware that gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss and dentists treat it to protect your teeth, there is a lot more you need to know.

Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection and one of the primary sources of chronic inflammation in your body. Not only can this inflammation deplete your immune system, but it has been linked to many major medical diseases, as well. Conditions like:

Allergies, Alzheimer’s, Arthritis, Cancer, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive disorders, Fibromyalgia, Heart disease, Heart valve problems, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Obesity, Osteoporosis, Pancreatitis, Parkinson’s, Psoriasis, Stroke, and more….

It just got serious. Real serious.

Taking care of your dental health is not just about teeth. Preventing and treating bacteria related conditions in your mouth can protect your health too.

The best way to do this is to brush and floss every day and see your dentist and hygienist at recommended intervals. Some people, especially those with a history of gum disease, need to see their dentist more often.

If you are due or past due for a dental visit, we encourage you to come in. We will do our best to support you in staying healthy and keeping a smile on your face.

If you are considering a new dentist in the Knoxville area, we would love to hear from you. Just call:  (865) 922-1613

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Diabetes & Gum Disease – A Dangerous Mix

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Recent research has shown that poor oral health, especially periodontal gum disease, can contribute to the onset and severity of diabetes. 

Gum disease is a bacterial infection that can affect blood glucose levels and your ability to control them.  It is a chronic condition that may not have any obvious symptoms, so it is important to see your dentist regularly, especially if you are diabetic.

On the flip side, diabetes can make you more susceptible to infections like gum disease, creating a vicious cycle of declining health and lost teeth.

As the primary cause of tooth loss, gum disease is scary enough, but when you combine it with diabetes, the consequences are even more profound.

Periodontal disease is also linked to other illnesses you will want to avoid, like heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and cancer. It is believed that the chronic inflammation it causes can increase your risk of more serious health issues.

If you are diabetic:

  • Be sure to let your dentist know
  • Inform your medical doctor if you have periodontal gum disease
  • Stay current with your dental appointments
  • Get your teeth cleaned more frequently
  • Eat healthy and exercise
  • Brush and floss daily
  • Do what you can to keep your blood sugar at optimal levels
  • Eat and stabilize your blood sugar before dental appointments

We will partner with you and your medical doctor to ensure that you are well cared for and stay as healthy as possible. If you are looking for a dentist familiar with diabetes, please give us a call. We would love to help you experience the health you deserve.

(865) 922-1613 Knoxville