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The Link Between Dental Care and Diabetes

According to recent clinical studies a link between periodontitis and other chronic inflammatory conditions such as heart disease and diabetes has been discovered. Inflammation occurs after infection or injury to protect your body and to help it in the healing process. However, inflammation that stays for long periods of time can actually cause disease. Periodontitis is a form of chronic inflammation occuring in the gum tissue and surrounding bone. It is an advanced stage of gum disease that requires aggressive dental treatment because it can lead to tooth loss, and also increased risk of disease. One particular disease that it has been linked to is diabetes. The inflammation from periodontitis can increase blood glucose levels which can lead to diabetes over time. Dr. McCargar, DMD, says “It is important to see a dentist regularly so that you can prevent, detect, and treat gum disease.”