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Gum Disease and Diabetes: There’s a Link Fort Mill, SC
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Gum disease is a bacterial infection caused by the buildup of plaque on the teeth and gums that results in inflammation of the tissues surrounding the teeth. While gum disease begins as a mild, reversible infection of the gums (called Gingivitis), when not taken care of gum disease can have serious health complications if left untreated that may require restorative dental treatments. The mouth is full of living tissue that interacts with the entire body through the blood stream. Many studies done by the American Dental Association and medical journals have shown that gum disease can lead to life-long, and even fatal, diseases including heart disease, respiratory disease, arthritis and diabetes.

Diabetes occurs when the body is unable to regulate blood sugar levels, most commonly from the body’s inability to process insulin. Not only is diabetes a symptom of gum disease, but it is also a risk factor for gum disease – making the care of the teeth and gums incredibly important for everyone. Columbia University did a study to see the link between gum disease and diabetes. According to their findings, patients with gum disease were more likely to develop diabetes than those free from gum disease. These findings were made even after considering other risk factors such as obesity, diet, age, and smoking. This study found a direct link between gum disease and the increased chance for developing Type 2 diabetes.

The bacteria of the mouth can enter the blood stream through the living tissues and release toxins that impairs the pancreas’ ability to produce insulin. This results in the body having insufficient insulin levels to regulate blood sugar – exponentially increasing the risk for diabetes.

At Gold Hill Dentistry, we understand the links between oral health and overall health. We want to partner with you to keep your mouth clean so that your entire body can be as healthy as possible. Contact our office today to set up an appointment with our comprehensive dental practice.

Posted on behalf of Gold Hill Dentistry

2848 Pleasant Road, #104
Fort Mill, SC 29708

Phone: (803) 547-4466

Our Client Reviews

Gold Hill Dentistry

4.4 / 5.0

Based on 97 reviews

Marsha Rose

The staff at Gold Hill Dentistry is wonderful. They are polite, professional and helpful I have a history of working as both a dental assistant and hygienist in another state. I’m extremely particular when it comes to my dental care. My daughter recommended Gold Hill. I am very pleased with my dental care. I highly recommend the practice.

Don Rowley

The entire staff at Gold Hill Family Dentistry are professional, friendly, and very good at what they do. I’ve made numerous recommendations to family and friends. Very happy with the dental work they do. Scheduling, insurance processing, and follow up are always first class. Dr Kavi is the man.

Angelique Autumn McGowan

I highly recommend this dental practice. The staff are gracious, helpful, courteous and accommodating. Dr. Sagunarthy is a wonderful dentist. This is from someone who has always suffered with dental and gum issues. He is current on dental information, kind, gentle and professional! I am so happy to have found this practice!

Richard DeCristo

Dr. Sagunarthy is one of if not the best dentist I ever went to. He recently replaced a crown that was botched by another dentist and the procedure was done perfectly and painlessly. I first went to Gold Hill Dentistry for a second opinion on four crowns and maybe a root canal I needed asap from another dentist in Fort Mill. As it turned out I needed the crown replacement and only one other at a later date. That’s about $6000.00 I saved leaving this OTHER FORT MILL DENTIST. In addition to this wonderful dentist, the total staff is outstanding.

Chrissy Jaselskis

Awesome dentist. Everyone was nice and professional. Very thorough job cleaning my teeth. Lots of great conversations. Staff made an uncomfortable place for me very comfortable. Thank you.

Thomas Dorsett

Very professional and caring staff. Highly recommend the service, they take personal care with all patience. I have experienced some of the best Hygienist.

Bill Strickland

Great staff. Very knowledgeable and friendly. Would heartily recommend as they have been taking care of my family for years.

Midge Zimmerman

I have dental anxiety. I dreaded locating a dentist after recently moving to the area. I had gone to another dentist in the area but quickly changed to Gold Hill Denistry. Dr. Sagarnathy and staff are always kind, gentle and concerned with my well being. They also do a really good dental work. Other than routine work, I have had an implant, and chipped tooth repaired, all are doing well.

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2848 Pleasant Road, #104
Fort Mill, SC 29708

Phone: (803) 547-4466