Many people have been told at some point in their lives that it is important to visit the dentist every six months and that brushing twice and flossing once daily is essential to maintaining one’s oral health. However, what people may not know is that a patient’s oral health is directly connected to their overall health. This means that conditions that occur in the body can have an effect on your mouth. A prime example of this is diabetes. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, those with diabetes have a higher risk of developing periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. This is most likely because diabetes increases the body’s chances of becoming infected. On the other hand, gum disease can also cause problems for those with diabetes, as gum disease may lead to higher blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, make sure that you are taking good care of your mouth. Visit the dentist regularly, and be on the lookout for the signs and symptoms of gum disease, such as bleeding gums when you brush and floss. Take care of your smile, and feel free to contact our office with any questions you may have or to make an appointment to see Dr. Paul Kazmer.