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This November Dr. William Dougherty Draws Attention to the Risks of Diabetes and Gum Disease in Falls Church, VA
Date:11/13/2013

Falls Church, VA (PRWEB) November 13, 2013

Throughout this November, Dr. William Dougherty will be raising awareness about the nature of the relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease in support of Diabetes Awareness Month. People with diabetes have a greater risk of contracting gum disease, which can have many serious health consequences. However, people who watch carefully for gum disease symptoms and schedule laser gum surgery with Dr. Dougherty can eliminate many of the health risks associated with periodontal disease.

There are many things that increase the risk of gum disease, from poor oral hygiene habits to smoking, but diabetes is a frequently overlooked risk factor. People with diabetes have an enhanced risk of succumbing to bacterial infections, including gum disease. The American Diabetes Association reports that close to 26 million Americans have diabetes, so this risk represents a health concern for many people. Those people with diabetes who do contract gum disease face unfortunate consequences in addition to the normal effects of periodontal disease. Gum disease can make blood sugar levels harder to control and increase the severity of diabetes.

There are a few ways that people with diabetes can mitigate the risk of gum disease. Besides regularly flossing and brushing, people should focus on keeping their blood sugar levels under control, according to the American Diabetes Association. In case these measures fail, Dr. Dougherty encourages patients with diabetes to watch for warning signs of gum disease. Gum disease symptoms include persistent bad breath, a lingering bad t
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