Link between Gum Disease and Insulin Problems

Link between Gum Disease and Insulin ProblemsGum disease can increase the risk of diabetes-related issues, and conversely, diabetes can worsen gum disease problems. Unfortunately, gum disease can also worsen insulin resistance, even in people without diabetes, according to a recent study. This new research reveals that the gum inflammation associated with periodontitis can reduce the effectiveness of the insulin the body produces naturally and trigger insulin resistance in otherwise healthy people.

Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas and is necessary for regulating blood sugar and providing the body’s cells with fuel. When the body loses insulin sensitivity, it is unable to get fuel from the food you eat, and your blood sugars may increase to unhealthy levels. Over time, insulin resistance can lead to other health problems and can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Maintaining a smile-healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk of both gum disease and insulin resistance. Start with a good dental hygiene regimen. Daily brushing and flossing remove harmful plaque and bacteria from your teeth, especially at your gum line. Use an antiseptic mouthwash to kill the bacteria that cause gum disease. Be sure to visit Dr. Frame at least twice a year for a professional cleaning. Eat a healthy diet to nourish your body and your smile, and exercise regularly.

If you notice any symptoms of gum disease, let us know so that we can create a treatment plan. Symptoms of gum disease include swollen, bleeding, or inflamed gums. In the early stages, gum disease is highly treatable and reversible. Later stages of gum disease can also be treatable, and many treatment options are available. Call our office today to learn more about periodontics or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Frame.

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