HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Diabetes: A link between oral and overall health?

Diabetes affects 18.2 million people in the United States and is expected to double by the year 2010. Additionally, diabetics who do not have good control over their blood sugar levels are more susceptible to oral health problems than non-diabetics, according to a study that appears in the November/December 2004 issue of General Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry's (AGD) clinical, peer-reviewed journal.

"Oral health symptoms of diabetics include dry mouth, periodontal (gum) disease, oral infections, cavities and delayed wound healing," says Robert E. Rada, DDS, MBA, co-author of the study.

When salivary glands do not work properly, dry mouth occurs, which leads to decay and other oral health problems. Diabetics can prevent dry mouth by increasing water intake, chewing sugarless gum and visiting a dentist regularly for personalized treatment options.

Also, diabetics have an increased risk for developing periodontal disease, a result from gingivitis. Bacteria in plaque can cause inflamed gums, which can destroy tissues surrounding the teeth, gum and bone.

"Most of the time periodontal disease is treatable. I suggest patients get their diabetes and diet under control and visit the dentist more frequently for proper cleanings," says Eric Shapira, DDS, MAGD, and AGD spokesperson.

Wound healing time is another major concern for diabetics because of elevated blood sugar levels. "Gum disease, sores-everything will heal slower for patients with diabetes. Dentists may prescribe antibiotics to speed up healing time if needed," says Dr. Rada.

Make morning appointments because blood glucose levels tend to be under better control at this time of day. Dental procedures should be as short and as stress free as possible.

Patients that have a scheduled appointment should eat and take medications as directed. In addition, it is best to follow a normal daily routine and stay relaxed to prevent a hypoglycemic
'"/>

Contact: Jennifer Starkey
media@agd.org
Academy of General Dentistry
10-Dec-2004


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Boston University team finds link between high cholesterol and better cognitive performance
2. Balance and better interactions between primary-care and specialist physicians improve US health
3. Multi-center study shows direct link between residential radon exposure and lung cancer
4. Study finds direct association between cardiovascular disease and periodontal bacteria
5. Researchers discover link between insulin and Alzheimers
6. Study documents initial differences in sexual transmission of HIV between males and females
7. New study finds link between self-mutilation and risky sexual behavior
8. Animal study shows link between nicotine and atrial flutter
9. Communication between primary-care physicians and patients can reduce medication-related problems
10. Researchers identify the link between heart failure and weight loss
11. New insight into link between homocysteine and stroke

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/21/2020)... ... February 21, 2020 , ... Dr. Stong, a leading Atlanta ... giving back. He has been a long-time volunteer with Healing the Children (HTC) ... particular HTC trip is to provide cleft lip and palate procedures to underprivileged pediatric ...
(Date:2/21/2020)... ... 2020 , ... Cosmetic surgery continues to grow in popularity ... (ASPS). According to the ASPS, there were 17.7-million cosmetic procedures performed in the ... The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that some of the most popular ...
(Date:2/20/2020)... ... February 20, 2020 , ... R3 Stem Cell, the nation's leader ... complete 70 complimentary stem cell procedures on military veterans in 2019. The ... cost. , At the R3 Stem Cell Training Course for doctors , providers of ...
(Date:2/19/2020)... ... February 19, 2020 , ... Drs. ... Dental Implant Center of Connecticut, celebrate 30 years of serving Monroe, CT with ... low fees that they charged in 1989, only thirty dollars. To further serve ...
(Date:2/19/2020)... TORONTO (PRWEB) , ... February 19, 2020 , ... ... was published, which expanded the scope of regulations and requirements that currently govern ... MDR was three years, which extends until 25 May 2020. Major changes from ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/15/2020)... ... 2020 , ... February is National Heart Health Month and ... gum disease (e.g., periodontitis) and systemic inflammatory disease (e.g., atherosclerosis). A line of ... fight against common dental problems such as gum disease, cavities and bad breath. ...
(Date:2/14/2020)... ... 2020 , ... ESO , the leading data and ... Dr. Daniel Kraft – Faculty Chair for Medicine at Singularity University, as well ... keynote presentations at Wave 2020 , ESO’s data, research and technology conference ...
(Date:2/14/2020)... , ... February 14, 2020 , ... ... and Medical Devices, An FDAnews Webinar , Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, 1:30 p.m.-3:00 ... with pharmaceuticals and medical devices? If one does not know the latest one ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: