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How Gum Disease is Related to Insulin Issues

How Gum Disease is Related to Insulin Issues

Many people are unaware that problems with the teeth do not necessarily begin and end with the teeth. Your dental health can have a considerably negative effect on your overall health. For example, gum disease can lead to respiratory issues, heart troubles, and dementia. Scientists have recently discovered that severe gum disease can also be linked to problems with the body’s ability to produce insulin.

Insulin is a natural hormone in your body that regulates your blood sugar levels. When the body resists the insulin it produces, it leads to diabetes, a serious health issue that more than twenty-nine million Americans suffer from. Gingivitis, or moderate gum disease, occurs when plaque sticks to the teeth, which is comprised of bacteria, mucus, and food debris. Researchers have found a correlation between the large amounts of bacteria in the mouths of patients with gingivitis and insulin resistance.

The study involved 3,616 patients free of diabetes, who received a periodontal exam and gave a blood sample. By using a mathematical model, they discovered that insulin resistance increased as gum disease worsened.

The good news is that this issue is not too difficult to fix. Patients can avoid plaque and the resulting repercussions involving insulin by maintaining rigorous dental hygiene practices, and visiting their dentists for regular exams and cleanings. Avoiding sugary foods and drinks are also avoided. Those with gum disease and those who are at risk of gum disease should visit an expert and proceed with any periodontal treatments they recommend.

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