Friday, 15 November 2013

Impact Of Diabetes In Periodontal Diseases

  • What Is Gum Disease ?
    • Gum disease is the  infection on the gum tissues and bones that surrounded and which will give support to  the teeth. It is also called as  periodontal disease. There are two types of gum diseases called as gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum diseases that mainly affects the gum and and the tissues surrounded by it. In the other case periodontitis is much more severe which may damage both the gums and tissues and also the bone which supports the tissues and gums.  

    • Does diabetes and gum diseases related ?


      The relationship between  gum disease and diabetes is two-way. Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious gum disease, but serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes. People with diabetes are at higher risk for gum  problems such as gingivitis and periodontitis. They have more more bacterial infection and have a decreased resistivity power to fight back against the  gum diseases. Hence diabetes will make a huge impact on periodontal diseases. 

    Am I at risk for both diabetes and periodontal disease ?

    The main periodontal  problems associated with diabetes may include thrush an infection caused by fungus that grows in the mouth, and dry mouth, which can cause soreness, ulcers, infections and cavities. The best option is consult a periodontist at the earliest otherwise the periodontal diseases can be increased rapidly if left untreated.  

  • How can i help prevent dental problems assosiated with diabetes ?

  •  First and foremost the blood glucose level should be controlled. Then take good care of your teeth and gums, along with regular checkups every six months if possible. To avoid periodontal diseases and diabetes maintain good diabetic control, avoid smoking, clean teeth daily. Good blood glucose control can also help to prevent dry mouth caused by diabetes. People with diabetes have special needs and your periodontist have to be  equipped to meet those needs. Keep your periodontist informed of any changes in your condition and any medication you might be taking.