November isn’t just the month we celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s also the month we raise awareness for diabetes in honor of American Diabetes Month. If you’re wondering why Dr. White and our team care about diabetes, it’s because we know there’s a relationship between health conditions like diabetes and oral health.
Gum disease and diabetes are both inflammatory diseases. As this ADA video mentions, there is a connection between inflammatory diseases like diabetes and periodontal disease. Not controlling one of these conditions can make the other worse.
On top of that, diabetics can’t fight infection as well as people without diabetes. Researchers believe this is another reason that diabetics can develop gum infection or worsen the existing infection more easily.
If you have diabetes, it’s essential to team with a dentist who is an expert in gum disease treatment and takes a comprehensive approach to your dental health. Let Dr. White be that dentist for you. He offers multiple ways to treat gum disease, including laser gum treatment.