It is time again for Diabetes Awareness Month. This is the month we dedicate ourselves to raising awareness and educating as many people as we can about diabetes in Rockville, MD. You might be wondering why a periodontist practice is talking about diabetes. Believe it or not, diabetes is more related to your oral health than you may think.
Correlation with Gum Disease
If you or someone you know has diabetes, you are likely aware of various complications it can cause, including kidney disease, stroke, and heart disease. You might be surprised that research also tells us of a higher risk of gum disease for people with diabetes. If glucose levels in the blood are not properly maintained, there is a heightened risk of gum disease and loss of teeth. Oral problems associated with diabetes include:
- Periodontitis – severe gum disease
- Thrush – fungus growth in the mouth
- Dry Mouth – can cause cavities, ulcers, and infections
The most important way to reduce your risk of these problems is controlling your glucose level. This reduces the amount of glucose in your saliva and lessens your risk of oral problems. You should also be evaluated by a periodontist. Periodontists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of gum diseases. Regular check-ups and evaluations will help you know when you need treatment. Dr. Steven Rice offers laser gum surgery for those who need it. This procedure eliminates gum disease in a non-invasive manner.
How You Can Prepare
Making an appointment can be nerve-wracking, but seeking treatment is more than worth it. Plan ahead for your evaluation with Dr. Rice by speaking with your doctor about the best way you can manage your blood glucose during potential treatments. If you are nervous about your visit, simply speak to us and we will adapt our treatment. Dr. Rice offers sedation dentistry to assist with nerves. Do not wait too long to get the treatment you deserve.