Have you been diagnosed with diabetes? Have you been diagnosed with periodontal disease?
Did you know that they can be connected?
If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you’re not alone. Diabetes Canada estimates that 9.3% of Canadians suffer from this disease, and 20 people are diagnosed with Diabetes every hour of every day. When you have diabetes, your body either does not produce insulin, or cannot properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone your body uses to turn sugar, starches and other food you consume into the energy you need to function in your daily life.
Recently, studies have emerged showing connections between diabetes periodontitis, uncovering the possibility that periodontitis one of the many possible chronic complications of the disease. A recent study that included over 200 subjects examined the connection between these two diseases. The study showed that patients with diabetes had a greater level of periodontitis than non-diabetic patients.
Diabetes and periodontitis are both far easier to treat when caught early, making it extremely important to visit your dental office in Windsor regularly. Regular dental visits are one of the easiest ways to ensure you catch small problems before they become big problems, and Dr. Dan Foresto is professionally trained to spot the early signs of periodontitis. If you are diagnosed with periodontitis and have never been diagnosed with diabetes, it might be a good idea to visit your family doctor to request some blood work. While a diagnosis of periodontitis certainly doesn’t mean you have diabetes, getting tested won’t hurt, and it could allow you to catch an illness when it’s at a stage that it can still be easily managed.
For periodontitis patients that have already been diagnosed with diabetes, there are many factors that should be considered when assessing their periodontal status and creating a treatment plan. These factors include the patient’s degree of metabolic control, how long they’ve had the disease, any other long-term complications of related to their diabetes, and the presence of other factors and their general level of well-being.
For these patients, it’s important to focus on reducing bacteria and eliminating biofilm both above and below the gumline. Traditional scaling and root planning can do the trick when combined with a proper home-based oral hygiene routine.
Call our team to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dan Foresto in Windsor today. It’s your first step to a proper oral examination and assessment of your oral health.