Diabetes and Periodontal Disease

Studies reveal that patients suffering from diabetes are at a higher risk of developing periodontal disease.  Periodontal disease involves inflammation of the hard and soft tissues surrounding teeth – bone, gum and periodontal ligaments.  SW Calgary Dentist – Dr. Andy Hoe – focuses on educating all patients to the risks of developing periodontal disease as a few basic steps can help this destructive disease from occurring.

Sugars and Periodontal Disease
Diabetics are more prone to developing periodontal disease and gingivitis due to the lack of glycemic control.   Diabetics’ insulin response does not function properly – resulting in glucose to remain in an individual’s blood stream instead of travelling to other target tissues, like muscles, to be used for energy.  The result is a constant high level of glucose in the blood stream – resulting in sustained hyperglycemia.  Because gingivitis and periodontal disease thrive in a high carbohydrate (sugars) environment, the very nature of a diabetic’s make-up creates a greater risk for developing periodontal disease.

How To Prevent Periodontal Disease in Calgary
Periodontal disease can be prevented and slowed down or stopped in an individual who is already exhibiting the signs of periodontal disease.  The first step is to see a SW Calgary Dentist who is able to offer treatment solutions to prevent periodontal disease.  Calgary Dentists are trained to diagnose the early signs of periodontal disease – gingivitis and gum disease – and often work with a team of hygienists who are considered the experts when it comes to providing hygiene solutions for all aspects of periodontal health.  Regular dental cleanings – along with good home care – is the foundation for developing and maintaining healthy periodontal tissues.  If you are not prepared to brush several times a day and floss daily – you are putting yourself at risk for gum disease.  By not removing the sticky substance (plaque) that is constantly forming on teeth, with effective brushing and flossing, the perfect environment is created for gums to become inflamed and eventually recede along with bone levels.  Good home care is a vital part of maintaining a healthy mouth – as food particles that are not removed feed the sugar bugs that are already present in the mouth and in plaque that is living on tooth surfaces.

If you already have gingivitis or periodontal disease you will benefit from seeing a hygienist in Calgary who will establish the necessary frequency of dental cleanings needed to improve the condition.  Many people think that they only need to visit the dentist or hygienist once or twice a year.  But the reality is that there are individuals who benefit from seeing their Calgary Hygienist more frequently – maybe every three months – for dental cleanings.  Not every person develops plaque at the same rate – and certain conditions like diabetes – puts a patient at risk for developing plaque at an alarming rate.  Turning to your Calgary Dental office for assistance in improving your oral health is a great step in either preventing or stopping the destruction periodontal disease inflicts on the mouth. SW Calgary Dentist – Dr. Andy Hoe – of Bite Dental in Shawnessy welcomes all enquiries from patients regarding the prevention of periodontal disease.  This SW Calgary Dental office is accepting new patients – call today to schedule an appointment – 403.201.2483


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