Diabetes Awareness Month is Recognized by Dr. Stephen Grossman by Alerting Patients to the Link Between Diabetes and Gum Disease

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Dr. Stephen Grossman is recognizing Diabetes Awareness Month by helping Acton, MA residents prevent or better manage diabetes by identifying the early gum disease symptoms and obtaining proper treatment. The ability to treat gum disease is a key way that patients can maintain not only optimal oral health but also combat the effects of both Type 2 and gestational diabetes.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and Acton, MA dentist Dr. Stephen Grossman gives patients new ways to prevent the development of diabetes or better control existing diabetes through the use of his treatments to eliminate gum disease and ease complications from gum disease symptoms.

Dr. Grossman offers various ways to treat gum disease and, by doing so, improve patients’ overall health.

For some time, it has been well-established in both the dental and medical communities that people with diabetes are more likely to experience gum disease symptoms that can lead to advanced periodontitis due to their lowered ability to fight off infections. Now, however, the most recent research proves that the relationship between these two diseases is reciprocal. Patients with gum disease, especially unmanaged gum disease, are more likely to contract Type 2 or gestational diabetes. This information highlights the importance of finding the best ways to treat gum disease.

The connection between gum disease and diabetes start when bacteria from the gums move through the body via the bloodstream, triggering a systemic response of which an increased blood sugar level is a part. For diabetics, this makes managing their disease harder and makes them more likely to experience complications that could include stroke, heart disease or damage to the kidneys or eyes. For non-diabetics, the existence of a prolonged increase in blood sugar makes them more likely to eventually develop diabetes.

Some of the early gum disease symptoms that patients can watch for include tenderness, redness, swelling or bleeding around the gum area. Patients are urged to take note of these signs and take prompt action rather than allowing the potential infection to continue or grow. By choosing to treat gum disease, a patient is taking their best step toward preventing additional, serious medical problems as well as maintaining their overall oral health.

Dr. Grossman offers many options for effective treatment of gum disease from regular cleanings and exams, deep cleanings and the most advanced, laser gum surgery. Patients concerned about potential gum disease and its relationship to diabetes are urged to take action this November during Diabetes Awareness Month and contact Dr. Grossman’s office to find out how they can stay healthy.

About The Doctor

Dr. Stephen H. Grossman is a periodontist offering personalized dental care for patients in Acton and Newton Centre MA. Dr. Grossman graduated from University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine, which is also where he completed his general practice residency. He completed a two-year periodontal specialty program at the Boston University, School of Graduate Dentistry. He is currently working part time as a clinical instructor, Division of Periodontology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Grossman is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the LANAP FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment. To learn more about Dr. Stephen H. Grossman, D.M.D. and his dental services visit his website at http://www.newenglandperio.com and call (978) 631-3181.

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