Beacon Dental Clinic, Suite 1 & 2, Beacon Consultants Clinic, Sandyford, Dublin, D18 E7P4 Tel: +353 1 213 5644

Periodontal Disease and Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. Recent research has suggested that periodontitis is often associated with diabetes and might be considered one of the chronic complications of the disease. A recent study consisting of over 200 subjects examined the relationship between diabetes and periodontitis. The results of the study indicate that subjects with diabetes had a greater level of periodontitis than subjects who did not have the disease.

Important factors to consider in assessing the periodontal status of and formulating treatment plans for patients with diabetes include their degree of metabolic control, the duration of their disease, the presence of other long-term complications of diabetes, the presence of concurrent risk factors and their general level of well-being.

Emphasis should be placed on the reduction of the bacteria and elimination of the biofilm, both above and below the gumline. This can be accomplished with traditional scaling and root planing in addition to excellent home care. Treatment should focus on the prevention of periodontal disease and oral inflammation, which is essential in controlling the oral complications associated with diabetes. And, because we know that bacterial challenge is a risk factor for gingivitis among even healthy, well-controlled diabetic patients, patients should be encouraged to floss regularly and brush twice daily with a toothpaste that offers anti-bacterial protection.

Periodontal / gum disease is a leading dental complication of diabetes; therefore, it is important for you to know your treatment options. If detected early, Periodontal treatment can arrest gum disease and bring the gums back to a state of health. Other options may involve treatment of tooth loss and tooth decay, with a range of Prosthodontic / Restorative Dentistry procedures, Dental Implants or possibly Denture Solutions.

If you are a loved one have Diabetes & are worried about periodontitis, do not hesitate to contact the Beacon Dental Clinic today 

Accreditations

ABP
american college of prosthodontics
Irish Sleep Society
Dental Sleep Medicine
Irish Dental association

Beacon Dental Clinic, Beacon Consultants Clinic, Dublin, D18 E7P4, Ireland

Tel: +353 1 213 5644 | Fax: +353 1 213 5645 | Email: info@beacondental.ie

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