Diabetes is a disease that takes its toll on our health and our general well-being. Having diabetes can make you prone to any number of conditions, lots of them altering your general aspect. Also, it has been proven that diabetes can affect gum condition.
When talking about diabetes, we should have a couple of things in mind. First of all, it’s totally inaccurate to say that the body of one who is affected by diabetes doesn’t produce insulin. It does produce insulin, but not enough in order to control the level of glucose in our blood. Keeping diabetes at bay can be a rather tricky business, because, as the disease advances, our bodies can experience some symptoms that, in most cases, are very difficult to manage.
Apart from the high level of blood sugar, patients suffering from type 1 or type 2 diabetes can experience other complications such as severe neuropathies, heart issues, several retinopathies and, maybe the most severe complication given by diabetes, which is called diabetes arthritis.
Although the list of complications related to diabetes is too long in order to discuss it, we will focus on a recent study detailing how diabetes can affect the health of our teeth.
The study itself was drafted and published by a team of scientists from the Drake University. The team analyzed the health records of approximately 37000 people, beginning from 1971 and ending in 2012. The mentioned health records have been acquired between those years via a survey posted by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
The study has managed to uncover a link between gum condition and diabetes. More specifically, it would seem that people who suffer from diabetes, are prone to have additional tooth issues. If oral hygiene is left unchecked, those who suffer from diabetes might experience early teeth loss.
Doctor Edmond Hewlett, of the American Dental Association, said that the study proved to be quite an enlightening because, for a very long time, everyone was looking for a strong bond between overall health and dental health. Moreover, he stressed out that the most affected by this condition are the African-American citizens that have diabetes.
Hewlett also stressed out that most of these patients suffering from diabetes don’t have access to proper dental care. He went on to say that the policies must be revised in order to cover a much a larger percentage of the population.
If you suffer from diabetes, it would be a good idea to visit your dentists more frequently.