There is a range of systemic disease that is believed to be caused by internal inflammation, often the result of the body’s response to elevated bacteria in the mouth due to gum disease.

When the gums are compromised as bacteria levels rise, they begin to lose their ability to serve as a barrier between the mouth and the bloodstream. This stimulates the body’s immune system which can become overactive and lead to internal inflammation.

Maintaining healthy gums reduces the risk of developing additional health issues and also makes existing disease easier to manage. For many patients already struggling with certain medical conditions, side effects of both disease and medications can lead to dry mouth and other dental health-related concerns. We work with patients individually to help them improve both comfort and overall oral health and to reduce the risk of larger problems, including tooth loss.

Patients who have diabetes often experience the signs and symptoms of gum disease due to an increased risk. This is the result of high levels of sugar in the bloodstream if the disease is difficult to manage.

Conversely, chronic gum disease may be the warning sign of developing diabetes as rising sugar levels impacts the health of the gums, creating the “perfect” breeding ground for harmful bacteria.

Dr. Overholtzer not only looks for changes in the health of your gums during regular visits but offers personalized dental care and oral hygiene advice to meet your specific needs and concerns. He works with diabetic patients on an individual basis to help them manage gum disease, maintain oral health and address any side effects of prescribed medications that may affect the mouth.