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Issue #57
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
Good Oral Care Is More Important Than Many May Think
According to reports, approximately 75% of all American adults have signs of periodontal (gum) disease. Nearly 30% exhibit signs of periodontitis, the severe form of the disease. There is reason to believe that oral health may have a significant impact on overall health. Recently, scientists have released literature suggesting a prevalent association between periodontal disease and other major health concerns.

Studies have indicated three possible ways overall health may be affected by oral disease:
  • First, the saliva contains the bacteria and inflammatory agents (cytokines) from the gums; micro-droplets of bacteria and cytokine-laden saliva can be inhaled into the lungs. This has the potential to cause lung inflammation and infection as well as pneumonia. This can be serious for those with impaired immune systems due to COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), as well as seniors.
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Cydney B. - 6/5/2017

6 years since my last review of Dr. Arellano so it's time to update. In the past 6 years, Dr. Arellano has provided continuing excellent care to the Huz and me (with excellent assistance from Mei). We are moving out of state soon, and may get our teeth cleanings there, but we will definitely return to Dr. Arellano once or twice a year for follow up. We wouldn't even consider going to anyone else. Seeing Dr. Arellano and Mei will be well worth the plane tickets.

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Did You Know?
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.

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