Periodontal disease has been linked to diabetes in several different ways. When you attend your course, Dr. Jason C. Campbell will teach you how to perform an assessment for diabetic-associated periodontal disease, helping you to provide more comprehensive systemic care for your patient. We invite you to call 928-776-0239 today for more information on training for this assessment and to register for your course.
If your patient has diabetes, he or she is much more likely to develop gum disease, or to have their gum disease worsen as a result of their diabetes. Severe forms of gum disease can affect the level of sugar in your blood, and lead to the progression of diabetes. Likewise, diabetics are at higher risk for developing gum disease, as their bodies are more susceptible to bacterial infection.
There are also a number of other oral problems that may contribute to diabetes, including:
- Thrush – a fungal infection that grows in the mouth
- Dry mouth – which can cause soreness, ulcers, infections, and cavities, and is often a symptom of diabetes
- Smoking – which makes all oral diseases worse
- Gingivitis – a lesser form of gum disease characterized by sore, swollen, and red gums that bleed easily when you brush your teeth
Patients with diabetes often have special dental needs. Our courses will train you to meet those needs. In the meantime, your patient can reduce the risk of developing gum disease or other soft tissue problems by keeping his or her blood glucose levels under control, brushing often, and flossing daily.
For more information on diabetes and gum disease, and to register for your courses at Advanced Prosthetics Institute, please contact our office.