Pomona, NY (PRWEB) November 12, 2014
Dr. Robert Tracey recognizes Diabetes Awareness Month by educating patients at his Pomona, NY dental practice about the risks associated with diabetes and periodontal disease. When a person has diabetes, the immune system is compromised and affects the body’s ability to combat the bacteria associated with periodontal disease. Studies have shown that periodontal disease can cause the blood sugar to rise, making it difficult for the patient to maintain a healthy blood sugar level.
The first defense against periodontal disease is good oral hygiene, including regular brushing, flossing and professional dental cleanings. When bacteria is not removed regularly it forms into plaque which eventually hardens into tartar. Plaque and tartar lead to the irritation, redness and tenderness that indicate gingivitis, the early stages of periodontal disease. It is especially important for diabetic patients to seek treatment at this stage to help prevent further damage.
Without prompt treatment of gingivitis, the disease advances to periodontitis. At this stage, pockets of bacteria form around the teeth and begin destroying supportive tissue and bone. Without professional cleaning, patients are not able to clean the pockets effectively and the bacteria flourishes. Patients will experience gum recession, bad breath and may notice their teeth shifting. As periodontitis advances, the teeth become loose and can fall out or need to be extracted.
When a person has diabetes, the immune system is compromised and affects the body’s ability to combat the bacteria associated with periodontal disease. It is essential to seek treatment when the first signs of periodontal disease appear to prevent the viscous circle of destruction these two diseases will take.
At his dental practice in Pomona, NY, Dr. Tracey offers the LANAP® protocol, an FDA-cleared laser gum surgery that targets bacteria without the use of a scalpel. The laser cauterizes the area to promote healing and reduce bleeding. The procedure is much less invasive than traditional treatment, and it stimulates the gums to reattach to the teeth.
For more information about the link between diabetes and gum disease visit Dr. Tracey’s website. Patients with diabetes or symptoms of periodontal disease should schedule a complete exam and consultation as soon as possible.
About the Practice
General & Laser Assisted Dentistry (GLAD) is a general practice offering personalized dental care for Pomona, NY gum disease patients since 1982. Dr. Robert Tracey received his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from The City College of NY, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He attended dental school at Columbia University and graduated with honors. Dr. Tracey completed a hospital-based residency program at Bronx Municipal Hospital Center/Albert Einstein Medical Center. He is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the LANAP® FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease treatment. He has appeared on Fox5 News demonstrating laser dentistry, and he has lectured and published articles about laser dentistry. To learn more about GLAD and their dental services visit their website at http://www.roberttraceydds.com and call 845-262-6504.