Please answer “yes” or “no” to the following questions to determine your risk of periodontal disease:
One or more responses of “yes” warrants a dental examination for periodontal disease. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits, periodontal disease is preventable. So visit your Vancouver area general or cosmetic dentist and dental hygienist regularly to help prevent periodontal disease!
Because diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection, the gums are among the tissues most likely to be affected. Periodontal diseases are infections of the gum and bone that hold your teeth in place.
Periodontal disease is often linked to the control of diabetes. For example, patients with inadequate blood sugar control appear to develop periodontal disease more often and more severely, and they lose more teeth than persons who have good control of their diabetes. It is possible to have periodontal disease and not have all of the warning signs. If you notice any of the warning signs of gum disease, see your dentist immediately.
Because of lowered resistance and a longer healing process, periodontal diseases often appear to be more frequent and more severe among persons with diabetes. That’s why good maintenance of blood sugar levels, a well-balanced diet that meets your needs, good oral care at home, regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are very important. At our Vancouver dental clinic, we enjoy an excellent referral relationship with the area’s top periodontists should specialized treatment be warranted.