November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.  We would like to share an article recently published by the American Dental Association (ADA).  “Gum disease can raise your blood sugar level”. “Gum disease” is an infection by germs in the gums around the teeth.  It is one of the most common infections in people around the world.  People with diabetes, especially uncontrolled diabetes, have more gum disease than those without diabetes.  Now, scientists are finding that gum disease may raise sugar levels in people with or without diabetes.

Some of the germs in the infected gums leak into the bloodstream after normal activities such as chewing or brushing your teeth. Gum disease causes harmful effects all over your body including raising your blood sugar level.

Brushing your teeth gently twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and using fluoride toothpaste can help you keep your gums as healthy as possible. Also, remember flossing daily and visiting your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.  Following these simple guidelines will lower your risks of both tooth decay and gum disease.

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If you have type 2 diabetes, remember keeping your gums healthy could help you control your disease.  A healthy mouth is an important part of overall health. 



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