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29.1 million people, or 9.3% of the U.S. population, have been diagnosed with diabetes. It is also projected that 8.1 million people have diabetes now but have yet to be diagnosed.

But what is the connection between diabetes and your teeth?

Each part of your body affects the other. Diabetes affects your entire body. It is all about how your body processes sugar, which is an integral force in all aspects of the body. There is a strong statistical link to diabetes and the decreased health of your mouth

A side effect of diabetes is called dry mouth, in which your salivary glands don’t produce as much saliva as you need. Saliva works 24/7 to wash away food particles and bacteria from your teeth. A deficiency greatly heightens your chances of tooth decay and cavities.

Diabetes can also lead to gum disease. In fact, there is a strong link between the two; almost 22% of those with diabetes have gum disease. Sugar feeds the bacteria in your teeth and helps it multiply. If you have poor blood sugar control, bad bacteria more easily make a home in your gums. Gum disease can also lead to a rise in blood sugar so that your diabetes is more difficult to manage.

What can you do to have a healthy body? One thing to do is visit Dr. Will Allen if any large problems have occurred, leading to a need for one of our services. If you’ve already developed gingivitis or periodontitis, your diabetes will best be served if the gum disease is treated as soon as possible. If you don’t, Dr. Will Allen and our staff can help you prevent it. It is absolutely essential that you practice daily oral hygiene. Also, eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly.

Kentuckiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates in Louisville, Kentucky is here to help! If you need to make an appointment, don’t hesitate to call us at 502-587-7874. Let us help guard your smile today!