Dr. Einhorn explains the relationship between diabetes and periodontal/gum disease.
So one of the new areas of interest in diabetes is periodontal disease in general and diabetes. There is something about poor wound healing and having a lot of sugar in your saliva that contributes to more gum disease, and gum disease and periodontal disease in turn aggravates your diabetes. So it’s a vicious cycle.
There is no particular unique types of gum disease. It's really all kinds of periodontal disease happen more frequently in diabetics. It is that much more important therefore to have the best dental hygiene that you can if you have diabetes, and again, a lot of it is a function of anywhere you’re vulnerable in diabetes. The poorer the control, the older you are, the greater your risks are.
About Dr. Einhorn:
Dr. Daniel Einhorn received his undergraduate degree from Yale University, his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, and his internship, residency and fellowship at Harvard Medical School. He served on the faculty of Harvard until coming to San Diego in 1984, and has since been a clinical endocrinologist with Diabetes and Endocrine Associates, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine (Voluntary) at University of California, San Diego, and, until 2000, the Medical Director of the Diabetes Treatment and Research Center at Sharp Healthcare. He is the Medical Director of the Scripps Whittier Institute Diabetes Program. Dr. Einhorn has held many leadership positions with the Board of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, the American Medical Association's Diabetes Advisory Council and The Endocrine Society. He Chaired the American College of Endocrinology Task Force on the Insulin Resistance Syndrome and the Conference on the Insulin Resistance Syndrome. He has served on the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Managed Care Initiative and on the regional ADA and Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and as Chair of the Diabetes and Pregnancy Program of San Diego and Imperial Counties. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Endocrinology. His research and publications cover diabetes prevention and reversal, recognition and treatment of diabetic complications, new technologies, new pharmaceuticals, combination therapies, and clinical decision-making.
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