The Link Between Diabetes and Periodontitis |Smile Workshop Amarillo Specialty

[:en]Since the mouth is the primary entryway into your body, there are a number of diseases that originate with infection of the mouth and travel to other parts of the body. We’ve read about how periodontitis can cause breast cancer, but are there any diseases that start on their own and then cause periodontitis? Recent studies show that there could be a link between diabetes and periodontitis. As your local dentist, Smile Workshop Amarillo Specialty has important information for anyone with diabetes.

How Diabetes Can Cause Periodontitis

The most important factor of whether or not diabetes will lead to mouth disease is diabetic control. Controlling your blood sugar levels can help regulate your mood, heart and mouth. The trouble comes when you haven’t taken insulin in a while, and your body becomes hypoglycemic. This rise in blood sugar will cause excess sugar in all parts of your body, including your mouth. The harmful bacteria in your mouth feed on that sugar and produce a corrosive acid in return. This acid results in tooth decay and inflamed gums. If you are able to regulate your blood sugar at all times of the day, you are much less likely to get periodontitis. Unfortunately, this is a difficult task for someone with diabetes.

Research Links Diabetes and Periodontitis

Recently, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania conducted an experiment on mice to determine if there is a link between diabetes and periodontitis. They studied the oral microbiomes of both diabetic and non-diabetic mice to determine if there was an inherent difference. They found no difference in the mice’s oral microbiomes until the diabetic mice became hypoglycemic. With much higher levels of blood sugar, the diabetic mice were found to have much lower levels of bacterial variety within their mouths. Many of the missing bacteria were ones known to be vital to the health of the mouse.

What these researchers found was irrefutable proof that diabetes did in fact lead to periodontitis. Like any other infection, periodontitis makes it harder for someone to regulate their blood sugar levels. If you’re diabetic, it is important to consistently monitor your blood sugar levels for any inconsistencies. Do you want to learn more about diabetes and periodontitis? Give us a call or schedule an appointment today!

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