National Diabetes Month
November is National Diabetes Month, an effort of the National Institutes of Health to bring attention to the impact diabetes has on millions of American families. World Diabetes Day, held on November 14th, sees the NIH’s efforts joined by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization to help ensure awareness of this disease is global.
According to the CDC, 29.1 million people in the US have diabetes. This means nearly 10% of the population is at risk for the dental issues diabetes can cause. While not a major focus of National Diabetes Month, oral health issues related to the disease are a serious concern for diabetics – making biannual visits all the more important if you have been diagnosed with type I or type II diabetes.
Oral health issues individuals with diabetes are at increased risk for include:
- Oral sores and ulcers
- Tooth decay and infection
- Dry mouth
The NIH reports that diabetes increases risks for gum disease threefold, but also that having gum disease increases risks for diabetes. Calling it a “two-way relationship,” The NIH has found “periodontal inflammation negatively affect[s] glycaemic control.” This means men and women with untreated gum disease are not only at risk for tooth loss and oral health issues, but for diabetes and other systemic health problems that can, when not dealt with, result in fatal complications. All the more reason to make sure you visit our Cincinnati-area office every six months for thorough cleanings and examinations.
This National Diabetes Month, commit to an oral hygiene routine that helps protect your entire body. Contact Hardin Advanced Dentistry to schedule an appointment at our Mason, Ohio office to learn how we can help you keep your teeth, gums, and body healthy for a lifetime.