AUGUST 2017 Newsletter
Oral Health Challenges For Diabetics May Be A Thing Of The Past
You may be among the almost 10 percent of Americans who are diabetic. While we’re oral health specialists, we monitor changes to your overall health, because teeth and gums and the rest of your body are connected. What affects one part is bound to affect the other.

We’re following the latest research from New York University College of Dentistry, which could hold the key to protecting bone and better healing for diabetic patients. Researchers found hyperglycemic mice, the mouse counterparts to human Type 2 diabetics, had 24-times higher amounts of the compound succinate than “normal mice.” This opens the door to therapies that regulate succinate for bone density protection. Female diabetics alone are at a 20 percent greater risk of fractures than women who don’t have Type 2 diabetes. Anything that helps prevent bone resorption and increase the odds of speedy and successful healing is a plus for us!

We see repeatedly how poorly-controlled diabetes affects our patients and challenges their oral health, including:
  • Dry mouth, which promotes tooth decay
  • Delays in post-treatment recovery
  • Frequent mouth infections
  • Poor blood sugar control = more gum problems
  • Advanced gum disease may elevate blood sugar
Back-to-school Means Back-to-the-dentist!
Is your kid’s smile back-to-school ready? If you haven’t scheduled that check-up, beat the rush. You’ll be getting your child off to a great start for the school year.

  • Routine exams are key to preventing the most common chronic childhood disease: cavities.
  • A healthy mouth promotes academic success. Dental disease was responsible for more than 51 million missed school hours last year.
  • Promote well-being. A child who is happy about his or her smile is generally more confident and has an active social life. Oral health problems also contribute to speech impediments, such as lisps, which can adversely impact your child’s self-esteem.
Mind the time of day that you schedule your child’s visit. Don’t book during his or her regular naptime or right after a long or busy day, such as following day camp.
Scheduling children’s appointments back-to-back may be a good idea, because the child who’s most positive about dental visits can serve as a “role model” for his or her sibling. Let us lead the conversation if you’re not sure how to calm your little one’s nerves. We’re here for the whole family.
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