World Diabetes Day – Diabetes & Your Oral Health
14th November marks World Diabetes Day – a significant date in the understanding of diabetes as it marks the birthday of Frederick Banting who co-discovered insulin in 1922, alongside Charles Best.
Over 425 million people are currently living with diabetes which is a long term condition, effecting the person’s blood sugar levels as they get too high. It’s very common for people with diabetes to have problems with their teeth and gums due to the poor control of their blood glucose levels, therefore it’s even more important to visit the dentist regularly. Centre for Dentistry has 24 dental practices located within Sainsbury’s stores across the UK open early mornings, late evenings and Saturdays making it easier to attend your regular dental appointments and fit around work / your lifestyle. Whatever your dental needs CFD can help you, find your local practice.
Plenty of scientific research has clearly demonstrated that poorly controlled diabetics are at a greater risk of periodontitis and amazingly the relationship is bilateral – this means that patients with periodontitis (gum disease) are at a greater risk of diabetes too! Dr Manoj Tank, a specialist in Periodontics at Centre for Dentistry, talks more about periodontal disease and the importance of good quality prevention techniques in his 3-part blog series, which is well worth a read.
Symptoms of periodontitis include sore or swollen gums, bleeding gums, receding gums, loose teeth and bad breath – so do keep an eye out for those. Looking after your oral health by visiting the dentist every 6 months is extremely important to prevent any infections as if these do occur these are picked up and treated as soon as possible.
Top tips for preventing periodontal disease (gum disease)
- Brush your teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day.
- Follow up with cleaning between your teeth using dental floss and/or interdental brushes (your dental professional will advise what may be most appropriate for you).
- See your dentist for regular check-ups where they can check for periodontitis on a routine basis.
Meet some of our Hygienists and Specialists here at CFD
Dr Manoj Tank, our Specialist Periodontist at Camberley and Brookwood. Manoj is a Specialist in Periodontics, which means he has carried out further intensive training to master the clinical understanding and treatment approaches to periodontal conditions and diseases. He provides all aspects of non-surgical and surgical periodontal treatment including dental implant treatment. Manoj is also trained in “drill-free dentistry” techniques such as laser treatments and air polishing. I am a Faculty member of the British Society of Periodontology and from 2018 he is on the Executive Council. Manoj adopts a gentle, caring and understanding approach and work with patients to gain the very best treatment outcomes.
Georgina Wray, our Hygienist at Rayleigh Weir, Benfleet. Georgina is a Dental Hygienist, having qualified at the University of Essex, with distinction. She prides herself in providing excellent patient care and making sure patients feel comfortable. She enjoys providing tailored oral hygiene advice and treatment to ensure a long-lasting, healthier smile and is very much look forward to meeting you.
Charlene Wilson, our Hygienist at Cromwell Road, London. Charlene has over 10 years of experience dental nursing, with her main interest in Periodontology, where she worked with top consultants which moulded her love for Dentistry. In June 2017, Charlene qualified as a Dental Hygienist at Eastman Dental Hospital gaining both theory and clinical experience. Promoting Oral health especially for children is a key interest and also helping patients to learn better techniques to prevent gum disease.
What should I do next?
If you haven’t seen the dentist in a while, we would certainly encourage you to seek advice and have a chat about your oral health routine.
If you’d like to book a check up with us, our new patient appointments are 45 minutes and provide a fantastic opportunity to get to know your new dentist, costing £40. Many patients take up our £99 annual dental plan, which covers your 6 monthly routine check-ups and hygiene appointments. We also see non-registered patients for direct access hygiene appointments at a cost of £65.