Understanding the Holistic Nature of Your Body
If you have been keeping up with the Mystic Oaks Family and Cosmetic Dentistry blog, you will have read several posts about how the state of your oral health can affect the health of your entire body. The more scientists study the body, the more they are seeing an increasing clearer picture of the interconnectedness of each part of the body and its effect on other parts.
In our last post, we discussed the effects that plaque — the sticky substance found on your teeth that causes tartar, cavities, and gingivitis, and how it also causes or aggravates other conditions and disease. One such condition is diabetes, a disease that affects 9.4 percent of the population: 30.3 million Americans have been diagnosed with the disease and 1.5 million new cases are diagnosed each year. Additionally, diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S.
What is the Link?
Though plaque build-up or gingivitis doesn’t cause diabetes, the connection between the two are clear, showing us that caring for the entire body is a must!
What is Plaque?
Plaque is a sticky substance that develops on our teeth and that we remove by brushing and flossing our teeth. Plaque must be removed because, if left on our teeth, it will allow the acids and other destructive elements found in our foods to stay on our teeth and break down the enamel. Plaque that hardens becomes tartar — which can only be removed by dental tools. Eventually, these elements, if allowed to stay on the teeth will cause the gum tissue to become infected — gingivitis.
Diabetes affects the body on a grandiose scale. One such testament to its effects is diabetics heightened predisposition to infection. Because gingivitis is the infection of the gum tissue, diabetics are at a heightened risk for developing gingivitis — making their need for healthy dental care even more crucial.
The Effects of Gingivitis
On the other hand, inflammation in the mouth — gingivitis — can impact the body’s ability to control blood sugar. Diabetics already suffer from the body’s difficulty to process sugar due to issues with their insulin levels. Gingivitis can further exacerbate the problem.
The Effects of Diabetes
By investing in proper dental care, diabetics can lessen the difficulty they have with their insulin levels and avoid gingivitis. When they manage one, they are able to see greater success and experience better health with the other. If you are ready to better manage your diabetes and to experience greater oral health, make an appointment with your local dentist in Wesley Chapel.
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