Don’t Mix Diabetes And Periodontal DiseaseOctober 6th, 2016
Louisiana ranks 39th out of the 50 states with regard to diabetes rates. Why does this matter to our team Ascension Premier Dental? Because diabetes comes with an increased risk for periodontal disease.
We do offer non-surgical treatments for gum disease in at our dentist office in Geismar, LA, but we would prefer to help our patients prevent this disease whenever possible.
This is a big part of why we encourage patients to visit our office a couple times every year for a professional cleaning. Now is a great time to contact us to make an appointment if you have not scheduled your next routine examination.
Diabetes And Your Gum Health
In 1996, 6.2 percent of Louisianans had been diagnosed with diabetes. In 2015, 11.3 percent of Louisiana residents had been told that they have diabetes, according to the latest data from America’s Health Rankings.
If there is any good news, the diabetes rates in our states have gone down since peaking at 12.3 percent in 2013.
Health experts have been aware for a while that people with diabetes are more susceptible to gum disease. The reasons why this is the case are not entirely clear, although health experts have some hypotheses.
Dry mouth is more common among people with diabetes, and this creates better conditions for the bacteria that cause gum disease to thrive.
At the same time, there appears to be a mutually detrimental relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, having gum disease can make the effects of diabetes more problematic.
Specifically, having gum disease can make it more difficult to control your blood sugar levels. Severe periodontal disease has been shown to coincide with longer time periods with high blood sugar levels and increased diabetic complications.
Your oral health is extremely important to every member of our team at Ascension Premier Dental, but we hope you can see that it treating gum disease can have a broader impact on your overall health as well.
The Signs Of Gum Disease
When you come to Ascension Premier Dental for a cleaning, we will be doing two things.
First, we will examine your mouth for signs of oral health issues. In the case of gum disease, we will be looking for a bleeding when we are flossing between your teeth and gums, and we will looking to see if your gums appear red or swollen.
These are the symptoms of gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease.
At this point, you often can reverse your condition by following American Dental Association guidelines for daily oral hygiene.
This starts with brushing your teeth twice per day with a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Be sure to scrub for two minutes each time and to clean your teeth on all sides. This helps to remove bacteria that cause plaque, tooth decay, and gum disease.
Even so, you can’t clean between your teeth and gums with a toothbrush. This is why the ADA recommends flossing or using another interdental cleaner at least once per day. If you do this, you should see a reduction in the frequency and stoppage in the bleeding from your gums.
Regular professional cleanings also help because our hygienists will remove any plaque or tartar buildup that you may have missed.
Professional Help With Periodontitis
If you leave your gingivitis untreated or your treatments do appear to affect your symptoms, then you may develop or already have periodontitis. This is the advanced form of gum disease.
Its symptoms are sore and tender gums, receding gums, pus leaking from your gums, persistent bad breath, and loose teeth. Treating this form of gum disease also requires help from dental professionals like our staff at Ascension Premier Dental.
Our non-surgical treatment options include scaling and root planing. This is a deep cleaning that goes beyond what you receive during a routine check-up.
One of our hygienists will remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar from the roots of your teeth, which will help to relieve your infection.
This treatment can be performed with local anesthetic or with sedation dentistry. Either way, our staff will do all that we can to keep you comfortable throughout your procedure.
Keep Your Gums Healthy
If it was up to us, none of our patients would need periodontal disease treatment. Everyone would brush, floss, and come to our dentist office in Geismar, LA, a couple times each year for routine cleanings.