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Periodontal Disease and Diabetes

Diabetes and Gum Disease: Important Information

Diabetes and gum disease (periodontal disease) often go hand in hand and it’s a recipe for disaster. Santa Barbara’s Dr. Mark T. Weiser offers periodontal disease treatment. If you have Diabetes, you need to pay extra attention to gum health. If you have periodontal disease already, you are at elevated risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes. Good oral hygiene and preventative care can help you avoid the many pitfalls of gum disease.

Blood Sugar Levels and Periodontitis

Gum disease impacts about 75% of the population at varying degrees. Gum disease is linked to an increased risk for type 2 Diabetes. Whether for Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes, gum disease can also make it difficult to control blood sugar levels, putting people at risk for complications due to Diabetes. There is a very strong link between blood sugar and gum health so whether you are have diabetes or are at risk for diabetes, it’s vital to keep your gums in good condition.

At our Santa Barbara dental office, Dr. Mark T. Weiser and his team of dental health professionals are committed to healthy teeth and gums. In addition to gum disease having a hate-hate relationship with Diabetes, it’s also linked to other systemic diseases. Cancer, heart disease, and stroke risks, as well as a number of other health risks increase with the presence of gum disease. The more advanced the periodontitis, the greater the risk of complications of Diabetes and risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and other problems.

Dr. Weiser: A Santa Barbara Dentist Who Can Help with Gum Disease Treatment

Our Santa Barbara dental office leverages the latest in dental technology to offer comfortable and minimally invasive options, such as laser gum treatments, to treat gum disease wherever possible. If you deal with gum disease early enough, chances are that there could be non-surgical options to stop gingivitis from becoming periodontitis. Good oral hygiene, regular checkups, and preventative dental care can all ensure that you have a healthy smile and that your mouth doesn’t become the source of infections that impact other body systems.

Whether you have signs of gum disease or simply want to be proactive, consider making an appointment with Dr. Weiser. In addition to periodontal treatments, our Santa Barbara dental office gets great reviews for a variety of cosmetic and restorative dentistry options.

Call Dr. Weiser’s Santa Barbara cosmetic dentistry practice at (805) 899-3600 to book an appointment for a gum assessment or to discuss periodontal services for those with Diabetes.