Our neighbors' yards are decorated with bats, mummies, and vampires, but there's something much more terrifying that should have your attention. The relationship between diabetes and oral health is downright scary.
1. If you suffer from diabetes, you are 3-4 times more likely to develop serious gum disease.
2. Diabetics are also at an increased risk for losing teeth.
3. Even if you do not suffer from diabetes now, gum disease has the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.
Whether you are diagnosed with diabetes or at-risk for developing it, there are serious implications for your mouth. Brushing and flossing properly, along with regular visits to your dentist, are integral to maintaining good oral health.
If you cannot afford dental care, you may qualify for free services at HealthLink Dental Clinic. To learn more about the clinic's eligibility requirements, visit www.healthlinkdental.org.
For more information about the relationship between diabetes and oral health, visit the American Diabetes Association website by clicking here.