Dr. Dino Georgas, BSc, DMD, MSD, Cert. Perio, FCDS(BC),discusses diabetes and gum disease.
Loading the player...Periodontal Disease and Diabetes Dr. Dino Georgas, BSc, DMD, MSD, Cert. Perio, FCDS(BC),discusses diabetes and gum disease.
Featuring Dr. Dino Georgas, BSc, DMD, MSD, Cert. Perio, FCDS(BC)
Duration: 1 minute, 7 seconds
Well diabetes is a concern for us in periodontics.
It's important obviously for the patients to follow the advice of their medical doctor, and treat their diabetes either with diet and exercise, or try and maintain the blood sugars at a stable level with the medications provided.
This is important for us because uncontrolled diabetics have a higher risk of progressing gum disease. They have a risk of delayed healing, a risk of infection, and they are more prone to an infection post-surgically, as well.
For us, a stable patient, diabetic patient has a better chance of long-term success than a patient that is not stable with their blood sugar levels and their diabetes. If you happen to be a patient that is diabetic, please inform your dentist, and they can work in unison with your medical doctor to provide proper dental care.
If you have any further questions on whether or not your diabetes is affecting your dental health, please refer to your general dentist. They will do an assessment and recommend treatment as needed.
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