Posts for: November, 2016
November is National Diabetes Month! Today's BLOG takes a closer look at Diabetes and the Dental Connection! For nearly 30 million Americans who have diabetes, many may be surprised to learn about an unexpected complication associated with this condition. Research shows that there is an increased prevalence of gum disease among those patients with diabetes. Serious gum disease called periodontitis, has now been added to the list of other complications associated with diabetes, such as heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.
Recent research also suggests that there is a two-way street between gum disease and diabetes. Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to periodontitis, but this painless, yet serious type of gum disease, may also have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of the overall disease itself. Further studies now report that people with diabetes are at a higher risk not only for periodontitis, but also for other oral health problems, such as gingivitis, fungal infections called thrush, mouth ulcers and cavities. Patients with diabetes are at an elevated risk for gum disease and these other dental problems because that are generally more susceptible to bacterial infections, and they have a decreased ability to fight the oral bacteria that invade the gums and tooth structures!
Controlling blood glucose is the first and foremost important aspect of preventing the dental problems associated with diabetes. Good blood glucose control can also help prevent or relieve diabetic dry mouth, which elevates the risk for tooth decay. Taking good care of your teeth and gums, along with regular dental checkups every six months, or as instructed by Our Dental Team, are further steps that can be taken to prevent the common dental problems associated with the disease.
As November focuses on Diabetes, don't allow this disease to negatively impact your oral health. If you are in need of an Appointment, or have any questions concerning the Dental Connection and Diabetes, call our office at 918-455-0123!
Of course, there are numerous ways to prevent cavities. Some, like brushing your teeth for two minutes twice daily and visiting our office for regular dental cleanings, are more obvious than other. Beyond the standard methods of preventing cavities, check out the following number of different ways to keep your mouth healthy, some of which you might also find surprising.
- Reduce the comsumption of carbs and sugar
- Rinse your mouth with food-grade hydrogen peroxide
- Use a straw
- Chew gum
- Eat cheese
Seems like we are bombarded by social media everywhere that we turn. So you might be thinking, "Why would a dental office need to use social media at all and more importantly, why should I even consider connecting with my dental office this way?" Check out why we carefully considered using social media platforms and tried to only use those that will provide patient benefits.
Patient Benefit #1: Useful, Interesting Content
We strive not to provide pointless advertising and we are NOT using social media to "sell" you dentistry. Our content is intended to provide relevant information and advice about your comfort, health, and appearance. Things that you can use and enjoy. Some of the information is just for fun and can be engaging. We believe that satisfied patients are informed and connected. Sometimes, it's nice to see content that reminds us all about how important our oral health is in order to maintain a balanced, healthy life.
Patient Benefit #2: Better Service
We strive to always listen! We attempt to use social media to make it simple for you to reach out to us when and how you would like. Hearing from you helps us serve you better. Your participation make us a better dental office. Comments on our BLOG, Likes, Shares, and Comments on our Facebook, Google+, Yelp!, and Pinterest platforms help us to know what we are doing well and what areas we can work on to be better. We really appreciate your feedback and we consider it very seriously.
Patient Benefit #3: Relationships Mean Something
Our dental office is relationship based! We strive to provide all of our dental services one-to-one. That's one of the reasons why social media is such a good fit for us. It's one-to-one also. It's not traditional, mass media communication - and, it's very effective. Sometimes we only see you every six months. Social media helps to bridge the gaps. We really value the personal relationships that our team members have with each one of our patients and we enjoy connecting with them more often. Occasionally, we also have a special offer, event invitation or announcement that we like to only make to our patients. Social media helps do that.
Thanks for being our valued patients and friends! And now you can better understand why we take the time to keep connecting with our patient family! If you have any questions, comments or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!