November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

November marks Diabetes Awareness Month, and a great time to learn about how keeping your mouth healthy is vital to your health.

At Petaluma Dental Group, our team knows the way you care for your teeth doesn’t just affect your oral health – it can impact your overall health as well. Perhaps the most notorious of connections between oral and overall health is found in the relationship between gum disease and diabetes. Like other complications of diabetes, gum disease is linked to diabetic control. People with poor blood sugar control get gum disease more often and more severely, and they lose more teeth.
Did you know that more than 25 million Americans are living with diabetes while another 79 million Americans are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes? Type 2 diabetes, which includes more than 90% of people with diabetes, is usually diagnosed after the age of forty and may be able to be controlled with lifestyle changes and weight loss.
If you are currently living with diabetes, there is some good news! You can protect your gums and teeth from the effects of diabetes by visiting our office for regular check-ups and cleanings. Most people should have at least two dental appointments per year, but people living with diabetes may require additional visits to make sure their dental health remains in top shape. Many insurance plans provide expanded benefits for diabetic patients.
As a healthcare provider committed to helping our patients lead the happiest and healthiest lives. Educating our patients about the very real and important connection with your oral health and whole-body wellness is an important part of our effort to fulfill our commitment to our patients.