During the month of November, the American Diabetes Association sponsors “American Diabetes Month.” They use this month to raise awareness about diabetes risk factors and encourage people to make healthy changes. One way they recommend to make healthy changes is by getting regular checkups.
At Group Health Dental, we’d like to remind our patients with Diabetes that it’s very important to book regular dental appointments. The American Diabetes Association states that, “For the nearly” 30 million Americans who have diabetes, many may be surprised to learn about an unexpected complication associated with this condition. Research shows that there is an increased prevalence of gum disease among those with diabetes, adding serious gum disease to the list of other complications associated with diabetes…”
A Two-Way Street
In addition to the effects of diabetes on your oral health, your oral health can also have a negative effect on your susceptibility to get have serious gum disease issues as well! The ADA suggests that emerging research has found that “serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.”
If you have diabetes, please be especially sure to book your regular checkups and cleanings with us at Group Health Dental. Tell us if you have diabetes so we can treat your needs with special care and our 35 years of experience.