Diabetes and Your Oral Health in Chandler, AZ
Yesterday, Tuesday, March 27, was American Diabetes Alert Day. In honor of this observance day—and his dedication to excellence in dentistry—Chandler dentist Dr. Mark Arooni wants to discuss the connection between oral health and diabetes, as well as how to protect yourself from the onset of periodontal disease.
Oral Health and Diabetes
Recent research shows that diabetes and oral health go hand in hand, which means that diabetics are more at risk for gum disease, and gum disease has the ability to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.
In addition to relating and contributing to each other, gum disease and diabetes also lead to an increased risk of developing other serious health problems, including, stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, and more.
Preventing and Treating Gum Disease in Chandler
Practicing quality oral hygiene and attending biannual professional dental checkups and cleanings is the best prevention against gum disease. Sometimes, however, proper dental hygiene alone won’t protect a person from developing gum disease. If you experience bleeding gums, chronic bad breath, red and/or swollen gums, and loose teeth, it’s time to call Dr. Arooni’s Chandler dentist office to reserve an appointment.
At this appointment, Dr. Arooni will evaluate the extent of your gum disease, as well as the overall health of your teeth, gums, and oral cavity. Depending on the severity of your condition, Dr. Arooni will prescribe treatment to help you restore health to your smile. These treatments include antibiotics, deep dental cleanings, scaling, and root planing to rid your gums of the harmful bacteria. In very severe cases, surgical periodontal therapy may be needed to rid your mouth of the infection.
Once he’s helped you restore optimal health to your teeth and gums, Dr. Arooni will help you decide if restorative and/or cosmetic dental procedures will help you achieve your dream smile. If you experience any of the symptoms above, call Lakeview Dental, located in Chandler, Arizona and serving the areas of Lakeview, Mesa, Tempe, Gilbert, and Phoenix, at (480) 855-1200.
By Mark Arooni DDS