November- American Diabetes Month

25.8 million children and adults in the United States – 8.3% of the population – have diabetes. And not too far behind those 25.8 million are the estimated 79 million Americans with prediabetes. What's worse, the increasing prevalence of Type II diabetes has become so staggering, the International Diabetes Foundation has begun to term Diabetes overall as “The Global Burden.” Diabetes is a serious illness, and its complications are manifold. Most know of its impact on circulation, visual acuity, and heart and kidney function. Many aren't aware, however, of its deleterious effect on gum tissue. If you're prediabetic, have diabetes or have a loved one with the disease, you'll want to learn more about how to ward off this commonly unknown side effect of the disease.

Diabetes is a disease with tentacles – its impact on a person’s health can be widespread, so it’s important to be proactive in avoiding the disease. If you have diabetes, you know the disease can harm your eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and other important systems in the body.

Now some may not know but it can also cause problems in your mouth. People with diabetes have a higher than normal risk of having “periodontal diseases.”

Periodontal diseases are infections of the gum and bone that hold the teeth in place. Research has suggested that the relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease goes both ways. Periodontal disease may make it more difficult for people who have diabetes to control their blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes and have questions give us a call today. We would love to review this with you.

Remember, to keep smiling!