The Relationship Between Periodontal Health And Diabetes

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, a time to look at both how people can prevent this disease, and how those who have it can make sure it is effectively managed. Both Type I and Type II Diabetes interfere with your ability to process sugar and use it for fuel. One thing you might not be aware of is how the effects of diabetes can raise your risk for other problems, including periodontal disease. The difficulty you have when it comes to managing your blood sugar can make the prevention of gum disease harder, which can eventually cause new oral and general health issues, and will raise your risk for tooth loss. Our Encinitas/San Diego, CA periodontal practice is here to help people manage existing problems with their periodontal health, and we can also provide preventive services to keep you safe against this threat.

How Diabetes Affects Your Risk For Periodontal Disease

People who struggle with diabetes have health problems that stem from their compromised ability to process and control blood sugar. Among the different issues that stem from this is a reduced ability to prevent gingivitis, which can turn into a more severe condition of periodontal disease. Take your increased into account by making your daily dental care a priority, and by looking closely for any early signs of gingivitis. Those signs can include the following:

  • Gums that frequently bleed when you brush and floss
  • Swollen or discolored periodontal tissues
  • A receding gum line
  • Frequent troubles with bad breath

Steps We Can Take To Manage Your Infection

By fighting your issues with gum disease, you can actually assist you with controlling your blood sugar. These measures also help you lower your risk for other problems related to poor periodontal health, including potential tooth loss. Our periodontal services include treatments with lasers that fight bacteria and remove infected tissues while minimizing changes to healthy tissues. Lasers help patients during and after a procedure, as they can shorten the time you need to recover. We also provide services like ozone therapy, which destroy harmful microbes while leaving healthy bacteria and preserving your mouth’s ecosystem.

The Benefit To Preventive Periodontal Services

With preventive periodontal services provided at our practice, we can take care of gingivitis before your condition and worsens to the point of becoming difficult to manage. Preventive cleanings, also known as scaling and root planing procedures, clear away the bacteria that are starting to accumulate below your gum line. For those who want to prevent an active case of periodontal disease from worsening, we can provide Supportive Periodontal Maintenance to help control your condition and prevent complications.

Count On Dr. Kania’s Periodontal Services To Help You Maintain Your Health

Better periodontal health care can benefit patients who struggle with diabetes, and it can prevent alarming complications that can impact your well-being. To find out more about our services and what they can do for you, call Dr. Kania’s periodontal office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711.