Gum Health Affects Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

gum disease increases diabetes risk Missoula

Hello, I’m Dr. Brett Felton of Felton Dental Care. We are located at 1750 Brooks St, Missoula, MT in Missoula. We offer a full range of general, restorative, and cosmetic dental services, including complete smile transformations. Ask us about restorative dentistry, laser dentistry and dental implants. At Felton Dental Care, we are concerned not only with the condition of your mouth, but also with how it influences your complete physical health and general well-being.

Today’s post looks at the connection between diabetes and oral health and may be of interest to Missoula residents with diabetes as well individuals who are trying to reduce their risk factors.

Scientists have known for quite some time that people with diabetes have higher rates of gum disease. Maintaining proper blood glucose levels is the key to minimizing the risk of gum disease and related troubles for those affected.

Additional research is exploring the reverse relationship. In other words, whether poor oral health increases the risk of developing diabetes. Findings from a long-term study suggests that it does.

“We found that over two decades of follow-up, individuals who had periodontal disease were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life when compared to individuals without periodontal disease.” -Ryan T. Demmer, PhD, MPH1

Additional trials are exploring how tooth and gum health affects the ability of diabetics to manage the disease.

“Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious gum disease, but serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.”2

If you have diabetes, it is essential that you see a dentist regularly and are passionate about daily oral hygiene, proper nutrition, and other essential practices. Furthermore, your success in controlling your blood glucose levels will improve your oral health and vice-versa.

If you don’t have a dentist and live in Missoula or the greater Lolo area, I invite you to call me, Brett Felton, at 406-728-0896. I will carry out a thorough examination and one of my competent hygienists will treat your teeth and gums to a professional dental cleaning. Then we will create a helpful plan for improving and maintaining your dental health for life. I can be a key member of your healthcare team and will work with your medical doctor, if required.

1Angelo Milone, “Does periodontal disease cause type 2 diabetes?,” Endocrine Today, November 2008,, accessed August 12, 2015
2“Diabetes and Oral Health Problems,” American Diabetes Association, September 18, 2012,, accessed August 12, 2015

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