Uncontrolled diabetes could lead to inflamed gums
CHICAGO, Nov. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Of the 26 million people who have
diabetes, an estimated 7 million have no idea that they have the disease,
according to the American Diabetes Association. With those figures in mind, the
American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that regular health care checkups
may help to identify potential signs of diabetes.
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"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 Alice G. Boghosian, D.D.S., a consumer advisor for the ADA who
practices in Illinois. "Severely inflamed gums, coupled with a patient's medical
history, can be cause for concern."
Patients with diabetes have a lower resistance to infection. That, along with a
longer healing process, makes them more susceptible to developing gum disease
and developing a more severe form of the disease.
A recent study in "The Journal of the American Dental Association" found that
one in five cases of total tooth loss in the United States can be linked to
diabetes. A dentist can be a valuable member of a patient's diabetes health care
team to help check for the signs of gum disease and provide tips on how to keep
patients mouth healthy.
Regardless of your health status, the ADA recommends everyone practice good oral
health habits by brushing twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste,
flossing daily, eating a healthy diet and visiting your dentist regularly.
For more information on diabetes and oral health, please visit mouthhealthy.org
About the American Dental Association
The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing
157,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA
has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of
dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and
test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry
and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long
has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The
monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's
flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more
information about the ADA, visit www.ada.org. For more information on oral
health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the
ADA's consumer website www.MouthHealthy.org.
SOURCE American Dental Association