Periodontal Disease and Diabetes

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Periodontist discusses diabetes and gum disease.

Periodontist discusses diabetes and gum disease.

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Featuring Dr. Dino Georgas, BSc, DMD, MSD, Cert. Perio, FCDS(BC)

Duration: 1 minute, 7 seconds

Presenter: Dr. Dino Georgas, Periodontist, Vancouver, BC

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Periodontal Disease & Diabetes

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1

Gingivitis is the most severe form of periodontal disease.

Explanation:

Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease. It causes the gums to become swollen and red and more prone to bleeding during brushing and flossing.

2

Periodontal disease in people with diabetes is caused by blood sugar levels that aren't well controlled.

Explanation:

If someone isn't properly managing blood sugar levels, it promotes the growth of bacteria in the mouth. This can lead to gum disease.

3

A person with diabetes who smokes is at a higher risk of gum disease than someone who doesn't have diabetes..

Explanation:

Smoking is harmful to anyone's oral health. However, people with diabetes who smoke have a much higher risk of developing periodontal disease than someone who doesn't have diabetes.

4

An infection from untreated gum disease can lead to low blood sugar, making it harder to control your diabetes.

Explanation:

An infection from untreated gum disease can lead to high blood sugar, making it harder to control your diabetes.

5

Treatment of severe periodontal disease may help you lower blood sugar levels.

Explanation:

By treating severe periodontal disease with techniques such as deep cleaning, blood sugar levels may decrease. According to research, this drop in blood sugar levels can be as beneficial as adding another diabetes medication to your treatment plan.

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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