We get to know our patients and love to find out what’s going on in their lives, including their Thanksgiving plans this time of year. We also care deeply about their health, which is why November – American Diabetes Month – is also a great time for us to share how oral health and diabetes are connected.

You might not know about the oral-systemic connection, or the connection between oral health and overall health. Research shows oral health, especially periodontal disease, has a relationship to many health conditions, such as diabetes. Gum disease and diabetes are both inflammatory conditions, so treating inflammation might improve or at least help manage both diseases. Diabetes can make infection worse, too, so it’s important to make sure you have health care professionals who can take a whole-health approach to your overall and oral health.

We care about helping our patients manage their oral health and diabetes. If you have diabetes or signs of gum disease, call Shook Dental Care today at 310-982-6333, or request an appointment in San Pedro online. In the meantime, take a look at this quick ADA video on overall and oral health.