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Gum Disease and Problems with Insulin

Gum Disease and Problems with Insulin

Gum disease is a common problem that becomes even more common with age. Unfortunately, it can have seriously detrimental effects on your health. A recent study linked gingivitis, an early form of gum disease, with insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is not diabetes, but it can be an early hallmark of and a risk factor for diabetes.

More than 3,600 people from the Continuous National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey were involved in the study. During the study, the participants had a fasting blood draw and a periodontal examination. Researchers found that as gum disease progressed, insulin resistance worsened. Both gum disease and insulin resistance were linked with high levels of inflammation.

Insulin is a hormone that is necessary for healthy blood sugar levels. Your pancreas releases insulin, which helps your body use the energy in the foods you eat. When you become insulin resistant, your body fails to respond properly to insulin, which causes your blood sugar levels to increase. High blood sugar increases the risk of serious health problems ranging from type 2 diabetes to cardiovascular disease.

Gum disease occurs when the tissues that support the teeth are infected by oral bacteria. These bacteria live in plaque, and when plaque builds up on your teeth, the bacteria become more numerous and release byproducts that irritate the gums. Over time, the irritation leads to inflammation and infection.

This study reveals that you can keep your gums and your body healthier with good dental habits, including proper brushing techniques, flossing daily and visiting us regularly. Call our office today to learn more.

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