Gum Disease and Your Overall Health

Gum Disease and your health

Diabetes And How It’s Connected To Gum Disease
Gum disease can be very detrimental to your oral health, but your oral health is also connected to your overall health. With this being said if gum disease is left untreated over time it can eventually begin to affect your overall health and lead to other systemic diseases. The bacteria caused by gum disease can spread from your mouth and travel through your bloodstream straight to the rest of your body. Also, one of the systemic diseases you can develop as a result of gum disease is diabetes.

How Does Diabetes Lead To Gum Disease?
Although, advanced gum disease can over time lead to other systemic diseases such as diabetes it is just as important to note that having diabetes can lead to gum disease. If you don’t manage your sugars, then it’s a possibility that you will develop gum disease. This is because when your blood sugar is not under control then this can cause the bacteria in your mouth to become unbalanced. Specifically, the good versus bad bacteria balance can shift.

You Do Not Have to Live With Gum Disease
The good news is if you do have gum disease you don’t have to live with it. In other words, thanks to major advancements in dentistry there are plenty of options for treatment. Also, because there are a variety of options you can choose the best option that doesn’t interfere with your diabetes. Your gum disease can be relieved by seeking dental treatment and this will help you from either developing diabetes or keeping your diabetes under control if you already have it.

Schedule Your Consultation
If you think you may be suffering from gum disease then the best thing to do would be to schedule an appointment with your dentist. This will allow you to get a full examination and if needed treatment. Contact either one of our two offices located in Clearwater and Dunedin, FL to speak with Dr. Burton.   

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