Charles M. Marks D.D.S and Dental Associates.

Conveniently located at 34th Street and 5th Avenue. Drs. Charles M. Marks and his associates offer Invisalign, cosmetic dental treatments and dental care for children, teens and adults.

212.279.1232

Understanding the Link Between Diabetes and Gum Disease

If you suffer from diabetes, you probably already know the importance of regular visits to your dentist office in New York. In fact, gum disease is so common for people with diabetes that physicians frequently consider it to be a complication of the chronic illness. To better understand the connection between the two, check out this brief overview of periodontal disease and diabetes.

Increased Blood Sugar

Poor blood sugar control increases the risk for both gum disease and heart disease. This is because bacteria thrive on sugar. When glucose levels in the saliva increase due to poor diabetic control, germs begin to breed. Of course, more bacteria in the mouth translates into plaque formation. As plaque builds, so does the risk for tooth decay and gum disease.

Thickening Blood Vessels

When individuals develop diabetes, one of the common side effects is thickening blood vessels. Unfortunately, this complication also increases the risk for gum disease. Blood vessels deliver oxygen and nourishment to body tissues, including the mouth, and carry away the tissues' waste products. When blood vessels thicken, the flow of nutrients and the removal of waste can slow or stall. Dentists believe that thicker blood vessels in the mouth weakens the ability of gum and bone tissue to resist infection of the gums.

Advancing Decay

For many diabetics, there are no warning signs of periodontitis at all. That makes it vital for individuals who suffer from diabetes to regularly visit their general dentist office for check-ups. Only a dentist can carefully inspect the entire oral cavity, teeth, and gums for signs of decay that are invisible to an untrained eye. By the time diabetics experience pain from gum disease, decay may have already irreversibly advanced, causing loose teeth and abscess.

Severe gum disease can lead to painful, bleeding gums, tooth loss, and bone decay. Fortunately, your dentist can instruct you in the best methods for preventative care. Find out more about how preventative dentistry can help you manage your diabetes by calling the dentist office of Dr. Charles Marks today at (929) 252-9658. You can also visit us online to learn more about our dentistry services.

Categories: Gum Disease, Diabetes

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347 5th Avenue Suite 1310
New York, NY 10016

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