Dentistry & Diabetics: Tough But Neccessary

Diabetes and Poor Oral Health Are Correlated

Diabetes has never been good news, so it comes as little surprise that new health reports warn of the dangers of diabetes and dentistry.

It’s commonly accepted that poor dental health makes diabetes worse, and that diabetes makes dental health worse, leaving diabetics in a tough situation.

Dental researchers at NYU have found evidence that gum disease can lead to diabetes in pregnant women. Women suffering from periodontal disease were more likely to develop gestational diabetes than expectant mothers with healthy teeth and gums. Gestational diabetes has been linked to pre-term deliveries and raises a woman’s chance of developing Type 2 (adult onset) diabetes. (Read more)

Science Daily emphasizes the importance of diabetic patients discussing any and all medications with their dentist prior to treatment. The materials and medications used in dentistry could potentially cause negative reactions. A patient’s insulin levels can also affect how long a dental appointment takes. (Read more)

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