How could there be a connection between something going on in your mouth and diabetes? There is a connection. In Dr. William S. Neale’s words, “There’s a lot of science that now recognizes the Total Body Connection.” That is, what goes on in the mouth can have an impact on your overall total body health. It’s known now that periodontal disease is a causal factor for diabetes.
How is Periodontal Disease a Causal Factor?
Periodontal disease creates an infection in your mouth, deep down below the gum line. That infection is loaded with Spirochetes bacterium. The Spirochetes bacterium enters the bloodstream and is carried to other parts of your body. It comes to rest in the lower extremities and in the joints.
How is it a causal factor in diabetes? To be extremely accurate, one would have to write a medical thesis. Suffice to say that any infection in your body can result in consequences. One of the consequences of having periodontal disease is the occurrence of diabetes increases significantly.
How Diabetes and Periodontal Disease are Connected?
The connection between the two diseases is called causal factors.
Blood Sugar – Periodontal disease in the body elevates blood sugar. It adds to the time the body must take to bring sugar levels to normal. This blood sugar connection increases the incidence of diabetes.
Blood Vessel Thickening – Blood vessels in the mouth tend to become thicker when one has diabetes. This reduces the absorption of waste material and nutrients which causes the results of the infections created by periodontal disease to worsen.
Poor Oral Hygiene – Without proper oral health, sugars in the mouth are more apt to be trapped in the lower recesses of the gums becoming food for periodontal disease. This increases the metabolic problems that diabetes sufferers experience.
Diagnosis and Treatment
With such a close connection between periodontal disease and diabetes, it is imperative that people with diabetes get a check up at least twice per year. In the Wichita Falls area, Dr. William S. Neale, a periodontal specialist, is waiting to hear from you. Don’t delay. Contact Dr. Neale by calling his office for an appointment at (940) 322-0758.
Periodontal disease and its impacts on the body can be significant. It can adds to the problems of diabetes. Only through proper oral management can your body be the best it can be. See what others are saying about Dr. Neale and his practice on this website. Make an appointment today to brink a sparkle to your smile.