November is American Diabetes Month

Did you know taking care of your mouth could help prevent diabetes? According to a recent study in The Journal of the American Dental Association, one in five cases of total tooth loss in the United States can be linked to the disease.

The American Diabetes Association estimates that of the 26 million people who have diabetes, some 7 million have no idea that they have the disease. This is important because if you have diabetes, you are at greater risk of developing some oral health problems. “Oral health and overall health are related, so part of my role as a dentist is to flag signs of poor oral health that might also signal other serious health conditions,” said Dr. Alice G. Boghosian, an ADA consumer advisor. “Severely inflamed gums, coupled with a patient’s medical history, can be cause for concern.”

Patients with diabetes also have a lower resistance to infection. That, along with a longer healing process, makes them more susceptible to developing gum disease. Visit the National Diabetes Education Program to learn more about preventing and controlling diabetes.

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