Periodontal Disease & Diabetes

Records indicate that people who have diabetes are more vulnerable to developing infections than non-diabetics.  As a result, if you are diabetic, maintaining your routine care appointments is even more imperative!

Gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis), or periodontal disease, is a progressive condition.  This bacterial infection will begin at your gums and the surrounding tissue of your teeth.  If left untreated, your teeth may eventually display signs of mobility and could even be lost. 

Experts suggest the relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease can worsen both conditions if either condition is not properly controlled.  Diabetes may increase the risk of contracting gum disease, while in turn; gum disease will make it more difficult to control the rate of blood sugar if you have diabetes. You may find yourself in this exact spot now.  Where do you start? Increase the frequency in which you visit your dentist and dental hygienist for both check-up’s and professional cleanings.  This will give your dentist the opportunity to maintain your medical history, family records, and note any progression or change in your gums.   It will also allow for the sharing of information amongst doctors (periodontist and family), if required.  Additionally, your dental hygienist may complete “deep cleanings” and keep a healthy eye on your gum line and pockets.

Blog brought to you by: Drs. Snider & Margolian Dentistry, 905-655-6255 www.drshanesnider.com


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