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Achieving Better Outcome for Diabetic Patients

June 07, 2018

Periodontal disease is a silent and serious infection of the gums and bone that support teeth. In time, and in some patients it is faster than in others, the bone is progressively lost. The bacteria that causes this problem not only results in loose teeth, infections, and tooth loss, bacteria can also spread throughout the body.

People with diabetes are more likely to have periodontal disease than people without diabetes, because patients with diabetes are more susceptible to contracting infection.  Additionally, patients with diabetes are subject to more severe forms of infection that last longer, and are at increased risk for diabetic complications.

Several studies have shown patients that receive periodontal treatment every three months in conjunction with their diabetic treatment exhibit reductions in their HbA1c of up to 1% or more.

With every 1% reduction in HbA1c, patients reduce their risk of diabetes related deaths by 21%, heart attacks and stroke by 14%, and amputations by 43%.

The solution is simple, it involves having periodontal treatment (“cleaning”) by a Certified Hygienist every 3 months.

About the Author
Dr. Mark Buzaglo is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario where he completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree, receiving the Pierre Fauchard Academy Award for outstanding academic achievement. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours. Dr. Buzaglo is an avid believer in ongoing continuing education and has completed many certified courses in all aspects of dentistry with particular focus in the fields of Cosmetic, Invisalign Orthodontics, and Implant Dentistry. He is a contributing writer and editor for the oral health programs at and, Canada’s foremost on-line continuing medical education websites for Medical Doctors in Canada. Dr. Buzaglo has a creative passion that is evident throughout your experience in his office, Westmount Dental. He has personally designed the layout and features of the office to provide an esthetic appeal to the flow of the working space. His creative ability is truly reflected in the dental treatment he provides to his patients.

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