This chronic, inflammatory disease can destroy your gums, all the tissues holding your teeth and even your bones. Periodontal disease is the most common dental disease affecting those living with diabetes, affecting nearly 22% of those diagnosed.
Loading the player...Periodontal Disease and Diabetes Dr. Dino Georgas, BSc, DMD, MSD, Cert. Perio, FCDS(BC),discusses diabetes and gum disease.
Loading the player...Diabetes and Dental Exams Dr. Leslie Gallon, BSc, DMD, discusses dental exams and diabetes.
In your dental exam, it can become obvious to your dentist that there’s an underlying medical problem. You not only have a gum problem, you may have diabetes. Your dentist can tell if you have an overreaction to periodontal disease or infection. Your dentist can also tell if you may have heart disease and can refer you to your GP for an exam.
Sometimes these underlying medical conditions can be clearly seen by a dentist and diagnosed at that level. If these problems are picked up in the dental office, your dentist will encourage you to see your GP for further testing, to see if this is actually the problem that you have. Local Endocrinologist.
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Well diabetes is a concern for us in periodontics. It’s important obviously for the patients to follow the advice of their medical doctor, and treat their diabetes either with diet and exercise, or try and maintain the blood sugars at a stable level with the medications provided. This is important for us because uncontrolled diabetics have a higher risk of progressing gum disease. They have a risk of delayed healing, a risk of infection, and they are more prone to an infection post-surgically, as well.
For us, a stable patient, diabetic patient has a better chance of long-term success than a patient that is not stable with their blood sugar levels and their diabetes. If you happen to be a patient that is diabetic, please inform your dentist, and they can work in unison with your medical doctor to provide proper dental care.
If you have any further questions on whether or not your diabetes is affecting your dental health, please refer to your general dentist. They will do an assessment and recommend treatment as needed. Often seeing a Endocrinologist or local family physician in conjunction with a registered dietitian and athletic therapist is a great option to take control of this condition. Smart Food Now and exercise is also optominal for overall health.