I’m taking another look back today at some topics I’ve previously written about in this blog. Today I’m going to look back at how inflammation in your gums can hurt you elsewhere…
We have known for many years now that inflammation from gums that are swollen can increase the severity of diabetes, increase likelihood of various forms of oral cancer and precancerous conditions, and also make heart and vascular disease worse.
A survey undertaken by Warwick Medical School and published in British Dental Journal indicated that majority of diabetic patients visiting the clinic where the survey was conducted, were unaware of any connection between their dental health and their condition.
Researchers from Warwick concluded, “Dental and oral self-care tasks were rated as less important than other diabetes self-care tasks, such as taking prescribed medication or having regular eye checks. Around one-third of patients rated daily flossing as the least important health related activity.”
Luckily, in the US the situation is a bit better mostly due to a large effort in public health education provided by medical professionals and multiple health awareness groups. I would also add that Americans are traditionally more attentive to their oral health. Many are taking necessary steps to avoid potential complications. But yet we are quite far from where we would like to be on many health awareness issues.