Diabetics May Need More Involved Treatment For Gum Health

Posted on Jan 06, 2014 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS

Recent research findings have reinforced the need for patients with diabetes to be especially diligent about maintaining their periodontal (gum) health. The latest findings show a relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease. While some levels of gum disease respond to non-surgical periodontal treatment, diabetics may require more intensive treatment to fully resolve the problem.

The study included over 500 subjects with type 2 diabetes as well as moderate to advanced gum disease. Glycated hemoglobin levels were assessed at 3 and 6 month intervals. The outcome suggests that non-surgical therapy can fail to eliminate periodontal disease unless in the earliest stages (such as gingivitis). Those who had moderate to advanced periodontal disease were shown to require the advanced skills and treatment of a Periodontal Specialist to fully restore the patient to a healthy oral state.

As an inflammatory condition, periodontal disease can damage the tissues and bone surrounding the teeth. Without treatment, gum disease can eventually lead to tooth loss, and more. In addition to diabetes, periodontal disease has been linked to heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease.

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, patients with diabetes should receive a comprehensive periodontal evaluation on a yearly basis. If the disease is present, diabetic patients may need non-surgical periodontal care or more advanced treatment. However, a Periodontal Specialist is trained to appropriately evaluate what is best for each individual’s needs. Call (828) 274-9440 to arrange an examination.

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