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What Can Diabetics Do to Lower the Risk of Having Periodontal Disease?

February 8, 2017

The patient diagnosed with diabetes should inform his/her dentist and dental hygienist of the diagnosis. The importance of good oral hygiene in a diabetic cannot be over stated. The patient with diabetes should consider seeing a periodontist for a periodontal assessment and screening. After a complete periodontal assessment, the periodontist will establish if the patient has already developed periodontal diseases or not. The periodontist will then develop a plan to eliminate any existing risk factors, both local and systemic, which may lead to periodontal diseases. As in most health-related conditions, early diagnosis of periodontal diseases is key to successful treatment of the condition and in prevention of sequelae of this debilitating disease.