Help your patients understand what role their chronic illness have on their periodontal health

Doctors and hygienists are in a unique and powerful position to educate their patients about the effects of their chronic illnesses on their teeth and periodontal health. Diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection-putting the gums at risk. In addition, people who have inadequate blood sugar control may develop more frequent and sever infections of the gums and the bone that holds teeth in place, and they may lose more teeth than do people who have good blood sugar control. Another more frequent occurence in our patient population is Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis- which causes bones to become weak and brittle-may be associated with periodontal bone loss and tooth loss. In reviewing your medical history, pay special attention to the questions you ask regarding these two conditions. If your medical history is not specific enough to obtain the answers you need, consider reformulating yours to include more concise questions. Your computer software company should be willing to modify a stock questionarre to include new questions. If not, I can work with you to compile yours.┬áRemember Doctors, “We treat our patients with their permission, use this gift wisely” (Catharine Goodson, DDS)

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