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Diabetes & Gum Disease are Connected!

October 8, 2019


Hi, I’m Dr. Joe Nemeth. I’m a periodontist in Southfield Michigan and I want to talk about something that’s very important to
a huge percentage of our population and that is diabetes and periodontal disease.
More and more of us, that is Americans and people all over the world are developing
diabetes. Well, why am I as a periodontist talking about diabetes. Because if you
have diabetes you will have triple, three times, the risk of developing
periodontitis than someone who does not have diabetes, and here’s the other
really interesting thing, that is if you have periodontitis, it’s more likely to
initiate, cause and/or make worse your diabetes. Now, this is even more
interesting, more than half of the US population and two-thirds or more of us
adults over 60 have gum disease or periodontitis. So gum disease,
periodontitis, diabetes very very closely linked. You’ve got diabetes you’re more
likely to have periodontitis. You have periodontitis, it increases your risk for
diabetes. What’s interesting is I’ve treated many many patients with diabetes.
Some of them have actually lost limbs had legs amputated. In virtually every
one of these cases, their blood sugar has come down. Their A1C or their H a1c has
come down to a level that is more controllable than it was before. Why is
that? Because if you have periodontal disease you have an infection in your
mouth, but it’s not just in your mouth that is infection going through your
body. It causes what’s called an inflammatory response generalized
throughout your whole body, and that actually will make your diabetes more
severe. Will make it worse. So if we can control the inflammation
from the gum disease, then we can help control diabetes, they work together. So
just make sure that your mouth is healthy. If your mouth is healthy, you are
going to be healthier. We had a patient who had a very uncontrolled high A1C level.
I think it was around 14 or so. We treated her periodontally. She just was
so thankful, and I’ll let her tell you a little bit about that. Hi my name is
Juanita Barnes, and I had the LANAP surgery. At that time my A1C’s were
almost 14 and Dr. Nemeth told me that once I had this surgery that I would see a
significant difference with my A1Cs, and you know and I am so extremely happy to
report, my A1C’s dropped from almost 14 down to eight point six. I am just
overwhelmed and ecstatic about it. Just like Dr. Nemeth said that they would go
down and they went down and I was so happy about it because it has never been
that low. My hats go off to doctor Nemeth
I thank him for everything he did. He was a gracious doctor. He sent me flowers
after I had my surgery and I have never had a doctor who would do
that and I just warmed my heart and it made me feel like he cared about me and
he cared about my A1Cs so. Thank you dr. Nemeth! I appreciate you! I love you!
Remember, diabetes isn’t the only disease that’s affected by your oral health. In
fact, I can almost think of no disease that’s not affected by your oral health.
You’ve got an infection in your mouth it affects your whole body. If you look on
Google you look it up you’re going to find anywhere from 20 to 30 other diseases,
systemic diseases, that can be made worse or initiated by the infection in your
mouth. So, look keep yourself healthy. Keep your mouth
healthy. You keep your mouth healthy, you are going to be healthier and if you
have any comments let us know. Subscribe to our YouTube channel, we’d love to hear
from you, and have a healthy mouth you’ll have a healthy body, I guarantee it.
Restore your smile and your health with the help of dr. Nemeth and his
associates. Visit drnemeth.com to schedule your appointment today!

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10 Comments

  • Reply 2listening1 October 10, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    You're doing such good work in your field, Dr. Nemeth. I know three young people who are studying diabetes right now in their classes. I have a good friend who has done well with type I since 1950. 🙂 He's "eighty-ish" now. 😉

  • Reply 2listening1 October 10, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    The lady is very pretty! 🙂

  • Reply 2listening1 October 11, 2018 at 6:36 am

    Dr. Nemeth, is there an opinion on what the normal acidity or pH of the mouth is? Is it the same as the acidity of saliva? Does it vary? Thank you! 🙂

  • Reply Deno P October 11, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    The way you pronounce diabetes is kinda funny

  • Reply Deno P October 11, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    Great video, very informative

  • Reply MJ October 16, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Hello Dr.Nemeth, I need to ask you a question about the waterpik. Can I use it to rinse the front/back of my teeth including the top part of the molars? I have noticed that brushing doesn't really remove the plaque that sits on the edges by the gumline that well. Same thing with the electric toothbrush regardless of which toothpaste I use. I feel that brushing is more abrasive and does less than the waterpik which is less abrasive and more efficient at removing plaque from your teeth. Especially plaque on the back molars. Thank you for your time and have a great day 🙂

  • Reply Rockstar Miami December 8, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    Diabitis

  • Reply Orin Noco December 9, 2018 at 11:39 am

    So true! I noticed that when i improved my blood sugar levels, my gums are healthier and vice-versa.

  • Reply Kevin Wellwrought December 16, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    I am losing most of teeth because of gum disease and I cannot afford the expensive treatment.

  • Reply Archie C Antil January 8, 2019 at 3:24 am

    Can bleeding gums effects eye problems, like near vision or far vision or anything to do with eye

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