Diabetes & Gum Disease – A Two Way Street

Diabetes, which kills more people annually than breast cancer and AIDS, can weaken your mouth’s ability to fight germs, increase blood sugar levels, and can make gum disease more severe and harder to control. When diabetes is poorly controlled, high glucose levels in mouth fluids may help germs grow and set the stage for gum disease. These “bugs” sit below the gum line and act as termites, eating away at your bo… Continue Reading

90% of All Systemic Diseases Show up in the Mouth

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, research shows that more than 90 percent of all systemic diseases (diseases involving many organs or the whole body) have oral manifestations, including swollen gums, mouth ulcers, dry mouth and excessive gum problems. Such diseases include: Diabetes Leukemia Oral cancer Pancreatic cancer Heart disease Kidney disease If people have regular oral examinations, t… Continue Reading

Good Oral Care Lowers Diabetes Costs

It’s no secret that time in a dentist’s chair can help save medical dollars.  But according to a 2009 University of Michigan study, there could be a 10 to 40 percent medical savings for individuals with diabetes and other chronic health conditions.  The study was the largest known of its kind to examine the link between dental care and diabetes. Results further indicated that gum disease negatively impacts di… Continue Reading

Got Bloody Gums?

If your gums bleed when you brush normal?  What if it only happens sometimes? Bleeding gums “sometimes” is tricky.  If “sometimes” means you poked your gums with your toothbrush or on a potato chip earlier in the day, then yes, “sometimes” is normal.  But if “sometimes” means a couple times of week or more, then absolutely no! OK, this isn’t as fun to talk about as sparkly white teeth, but it’s… Continue Reading