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Diabetes and periodontal diseases

SPONSORED • Published: Friday, June 20, 2014 10:35 a.m. CST • Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014 10:51 a.m. CST
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If you have diabetes, you are at a greater risk of developing some oral health problems, like periodontal diseases.

When plaque is allowed to build up on teeth, bacteria in the plaque can cause the gums to become infected and pull away from the teeth, leading to periodontal disease. If left untreated, it can cause the bone supporting teeth to break down and can result in tooth loss, according to the American Dental Association.

Although it’s not clear why, according to the American Dental Association, periodontal disease occurs more often and can be more severe in diabetics. This seems to be especially true for those whose glucose levels are not well controlled.

Batavia dentist Dr. Ronald A.Murphy, DMD said it is important to look for changes in gum color, red being unhealthy and pink being healthy, and pay attention if gums are tender and bleeding.

“At your checkup, your gums are assessed on how well you are maintaining them at home,”Dr. Ronald A.Murphy, DMD said. Murphy Dentistry is located at 1605 W. Wilson St., Suite 114. “This is how we can detect early signs of gingivitis and periodontitis. From this assessment, you will be guided to areas to focus on if you are missing a spot too much, or if you are doing (well), you will be informed.”

Dr. Ronald A. Murphy, DMD advised that to help prevent periodontal disease, it is important to keep diabetes under control with diet, exercise and medication, under the supervision of their physician. He added that good oral care is important as well, which includes brushing twice daily, flossing daily and having regular checkups.

The American Dental Association also advises that research indicates treating periodontal disease might help improve blood sugar control in diabetics.

Dr. Ronald A. Murphy, DMD | 1605 W. Wilson St #114, Batavia, IL 60510 | 630.879.7642


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