It's a shocking statistic— nearly 26 million Americans suffer from Diabetes. With numbers this high, chances are you know at least one person who has it. Our bodies are remarkable. We actually have a built in system to warn us if we are risk, and it's right there in our mouths. Your dentist can see evidence of over 120 diseases in your mouth by looking for early signs and symptoms of serious health problems and illness that can affect the body. For example, if you have gum disease, you are at greater risk for diabetes, and if you have diabetes, guess what...you are more like to have gum disease.
If this sounds like a vicious circle, it is!
Another astonishing statistic: more than 79 million Americans also suffer from pre-diabetes, which puts them at even greater risk for developing diabetes in next 10 years if the necessary lifestyle changes and precautions are not taken. Taking good care of your teeth and gums can help you steer clear of serious disease.
Poor oral health leads to poor overall health, and good oral health leads to good overall health.
When you visit your dentist regularly, it can help in so many ways:
- Get early warning signs for serious diseases such as diabetes.
- Even if you don't have all your own teeth, your dentist still has ways to check for health problems in your mouth.
- Early detection of periodontal disease. When caught early enough, it can be slowed down or stopped from developing further.
Awareness and early detection are two keys to living a long, healthy life. For further information, visit us at www.deltadentalnj.com and for additional tips and information, check out Delta Central, our oral health and wellness site.