The Periodontal Disease – Diabetes Connection | Prime Time Dentistry

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Within our mouths, a diverse array of bacteria exists, some beneficial, others harmful. While certain bacteria aid in mouth sanitation and food particle breakdown, an excess can foster gum disease, posing a threat to oral health. As bacteria accumulate, they form a sticky, colorless substance known as “plaque,” adhering to teeth. Failure to remove plaque through brushing or flossing can lead to its hardening into tartar.

Over time, plaque and tartar become more stubborn to remove at home, necessitating professional cleaning by a Dentist in Prime Time Dentistry to maintain oral health and prevent decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Prolonged presence of plaque and tartar can cause Gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease characterized by gum tissue inflammation. Routine cleanings and proper oral care can ideally prevent Gingivitis. However, untreated Gingivitis may progress to periodontal disease, impacting both gums and teeth, potentially resulting in tooth loss. Periodontal disease not only affects oral health but also correlates with systemic issues like diabetes and heart disease.

Regular visits to the dentist for professional cleanings and examinations are vital to prevent gum disease and its associated complications. Fortunately, dentists offer solutions to address and manage periodontal disease, including deep dental cleanings performed by dentists or certified hygienists.

Contact our team at Prime Time Dentistry to schedule your next visit and safeguard your oral health.