People with diabetes have an increased risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and serious issues involving major organs. But did you also know that diabetes can also affect your oral health? Patients with diabetes may be more susceptible to developing gum disease. Gum disease is an infection of the gums that causes symptoms like halitosis, bleeding gums, receding gums, and even tooth loss. People with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing an infection, and gum disease falls into that category. If left untreated, gum disease can have an adverse effect on your blood glucose, causing more complications for patients with diabetes. Chantilly dentist Dr. Quynh-Chi Nguyen offers extensive periodontal therapy services and examines patients for gum disease on every visit.
Taking Care Of Your Teeth
For all patients, especially patients with diabetes, it is important to maintain an excellent oral hygiene routine. Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing, and using an ADA approve antibacterial rinse can help improve the overall health and aesthetic of your smile. Dr. Nguyen also suggests that patients visit Paradise Smiles of Chantilly at least twice a year for routine preventive care exams.
During the preventive care visit, Dr. Nguyen will perform a comprehensive exam to check for signs of gum disease and other complex dental problems. If gum disease is present, Dr. Nguyen offers a range of periodontal therapy services to remove infected tissue and return health to your smile. Depending on the progression of your gum disease, Dr. Nguyen may suggest scaling and root planing to properly clean your teeth and gums. Patients with a more progressive stage of gum disease may require a more complex treatment or even surgery. Dr. Nguyen may work in coordination with a local surgeon to get you the treatment you need.
To provide the most effective treatment, it is important to disclose medical conditions like diabetes so that your dentist can plan a treatment that takes into account all your needs. Dr. Nguyen is an experienced dentist who is committed to providing personalized, high-quality dental care to each of her patients. If you haven’t scheduled one of your preventive care visits or have any question regarding your oral health, contact our Chantilly, VA dental office.