November is Diabetes Awareness Month

November is American Diabetes Month and we want to help raise awareness. According to the American Diabetes Association, almost 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, and another 86 million more have pre-diabetes and are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This disease can affect many parts of your body, including your eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart, and oral health. Diabetes can lower your resistance to infection and can slow the healing process.

Common oral health problems associated with diabetes:

Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the most important issues related to diabetes. You are more likely to develop serious gum disease and lose more teeth if you have diabetes vs. non-diabetics. It is important to be very diligent with your oral hygiene care and keep up with regular dental care. Controlling your blood sugar is also very important. Gum disease may cause blood sugar to rise and in return causes controlling your diabetes more difficult, like with any infection.
Drs. Mallakis and McDonald, and the Lifetime Smiles family can give you a custom gum disease analysis and show you how to help prevent and treat gum disease. Contact us at (760) 747-1811 or visit us 1060 E. Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025

Dr. Christo Mallakis

I earned my dental degree at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine in Arizona, a school that concentrated on comprehensive patient care with the newest techniques and materials. While there I was honored with an award from the American College of Prosthodontists. I am passionate about dentistry, and learning is a never ending journey in my career. Staying up to date allows me to provide the best care for my patients and contribute to a more positive perception of dentistry. I have attended countless hours of continuing education, including courses at Spear Education, the most innovative and respected dental education provider in the country. I love educating patients and helping them understand how to improve their oral health. I believe in always having a positive exchange with people and providing my patients with the same quality of dentistry I would give myself and my family. I look forward to seeing you at our office.