If I Have Diabetes, How Important Are Dental Visits?

People with diabetes may be at an increased risk of developing other serious medical conditions in addition to being subject to higher life insurance premiums.

While a balanced diet and exercise can help reduce the likelihood of being diagnosed with the disease, some may not be able to avoid the ailment.

The American Academy of Periodontology says periodontal disease can result in tooth loss along with a host of other health conditions.

Delta Dental of California vice president of professional services John Yamamoto says those with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing periodontal disease. It’s important for everyone, particularly for diabetics, to ensure they visit the dentist on a regular basis for oral and all-around health checkups.

“Regular checkups by a dentist, good oral hygiene and treatment of any periodontal disease are especially important for type 1 and type 2 diabetics, as well as for those with pre-diabetes,” said Yamamoto.

The Academy says that inflamed gums can trigger insulin sensitivity in diabetics, which could lead to problems controlling blood sugar levels. Good oral health can help prevent that from happening.

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