Oral Health Information

Periodontal Disease and Diabetes

It is estimated that only two thirds of the 20 million people who have diabetes have actually been diagnosed.  Studies have shown that diabetics are more likely to develop oral infections and gum disease. This causes a great concern because progressed gum disease has the potential to affect blood sugar control and can contribute to the diabetes itself.  It is important for diabetes patients to visit their dentist on a regular basis and keep them up to date on any changes with their health.  

HOW ARE GUM DISEASE AND DIABETES RELATED?

Diabetes reduces the body’s ability to fight infection, putting the gums in particular at risk for gingivitis.  This reversible form of gum diseases is the result of a build up of bacteria that produces toxins that accumulate on the teeth in a sticky film, below and above the gum line.  

Because diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection, the gums are at risk for gingivitis, a reversible form of gum disease usually caused by the presence of bacteria. These bacteria produce toxins that create a sticky film that accumulates on teeth, both above and below the gum line, resulting in inflammation.  If left untreated, gingivitis will progress to periodontitis which is irreversible and destroys the tissues that surround and support the teeth.  

WHAT OTHER PROBLEMS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH DIABETES?

This same lack of infection resistance can contribute to other issues like thrush, dry mouth, ulcers, infections and cavities. To prevent these problems, a dentist might prescribe a diabetic antibiotics, medicated mouth rinses, and more frequent cleanings.  

HOW CAN I STAY HEALTHY?

Use an antimicrobial toothpaste to brush your teeth, containing fluoride, and rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash at least twice per day.  Diabetics with proper dental care and who maintain positive insulin control minimize their risks of gum disease.  

Diabetics must pay careful attention to diet and exercise, to improve their quality of life and oral health.  They should have their triglycerides and cholesterol checked on a regular basis and keep their doctors and dentists updated with their medical history.  

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO RECEIVE DENTAL CARE?

Talk to your dentist or physician about elective dental care if your blood sugar is not under control.  Types of procedure will be dependant on the level of diabetic control in the patient. Schedule dental appointments at the beginning of that day, when blood glucose levels are more stable.  Eat and take your medications as per usual before a scheduled appointment.

About Our Clinic

Welcome to Signal Hill Dental Centre, a general dental clinic located in SW Calgary. Our team is dedicated to providing our patients with honest and caring dental treatments so that they are able to achieve and maintain optimal oral and overall health goals.

At our clinic, our team strives to offer our services that make visits to the dentist convenient for you. This includes:

  • Clinic hours open 7 days a week
  • Extended hours (early mornings, evenings, and weekend)
  • Direct billing insurance
  • Same day emergency dental appointments
  • Comparable and up to date pricing
  • Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT) Certified

We offer a range of dental services including general cleaning, emergency dentistry, children dentistry, dental repairs, Invisalign teeth straightening, Botox for TMJ/TMD and more. We offer Swiss technology Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT), which comes standard in all hygiene cleaning appointments.

The core of our clinic values is focused around providing great customer service. We treat our patients as if they were a part of our own staff or family. Our knowledgable team constantly ensures continuous communication and education so that our patients are comfortable through each procedure.

Our SW Calgary dental clinic is accepting new patients. If you would like to meet with one of our Dentists or book a consultation, please contact us and we would be delighted to arrange an appointment.

We look forward to serving you.

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