Diabetes is a disease that results form your body not producing insulin or not using, so your sugar levels rise higher than normal. This is insulin resistance. Over time your pancreas can’t keep up so lifestyle changes are needed as well as medication. Over 29 million Americans are affected by diabetes, with one in four people not knowing they have the disease. Another 86 million adults, which is one in three, have pre-diabetes.
Dickson dentists know that sometimes diabetes and gum disease goes hand in hand. Periodontal disease can increase your risk of diabetes complications since it increases oral bacteria and impacts your blood sugar levels. Continue reading for a closer look at the connection between the disease and dental health.