Research indicates that more than 90% of medical problems such as heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, diabetes along with pre-term delivery and low infant birth weights are connected to unhealthy oral conditions.
People with poor blood sugar control get gum disease more often and more severely, and lose more teeth than those with good control. Many kinds of bacteria (germs) thrive on sugars, including glucose – the sugar linked to diabetes.
Prevention is the most cost-effective way to keep your teeth and gums healthy, along with keeping treatment needs within budget. Studies also show that preventive dentistry can add years to your life!
So what’s the take-away this month? Gum disease is powerful. If you are diabetic, don’t ever miss a cleaning and ensure those blood glucose levels are where they need to be!
Concerned about the health of your mouth? Give us a call at (813) 977-7000 to schedule an appointment today.