November is National Diabetes Month. According to the?American Diabetes Association, 23.6 million American adults and children have diabetes. What is of even greater concern is that nearly three times that number?an estimated 57 million people?have a condition called prediabetes, meaning that they are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes within 10 years.
Studies have shown that periodontal (gum) disease is associated with increased risk for diabetes complications and may be associated with the development of Type 2 diabetes (Source: http://www.perio.org/consumer/diabetes.htm) That?s why it is even more important to be visiting the dentist regularly for checkups because it can help potential diabetics catch any early warning signs.
This goes to show the important role that oral health care can have in early detection of serious systemic diseases. Here are some reasons you should be scheduling a regular check-up with Krengel Dental:
- Regular check-ups at Krengel Dental allow Dr. Krengel to keep up with changes in your health. Dr. Krengel can recommend strategies to help you counter the negative effects various health conditions you?ve developed and treatments you?ve received might have on your oral health.
- Dr. Krengel can use routine dental exams to screen for oral cancers and other health issues that can be difficult to spot on your own.?Many diseases cause specific signs and symptoms in and around the mouth and jaw that Dr. Krengel can check for.
- Gives Krengel Dental the opportunity to identify and intervene early in dental diseases.? If caught early, periodontal disease is easier to manage and, in some cases, reverse.
So remember, brushing your teeth and seeing your dentist regularly doesn?t only make you look good; it keeps you feeling good, too!