01, December 2015: With diabetes becoming more prevalent, top NYC periodontist, Dr. Daria Royzman of D&D Periodontal Associates is keen for people to understand the importance of the link between diabetes and oral health.


There are already 29 million Americans with diabetes and each year another two million adults and children will be diagnosed. Diabetics are twice as likely to suffer from gum disease and as a consequence are more likely to lose teeth. The two main factors that affect oral health in diabetics are increased glucose levels in saliva and an impaired immune system which lowers the ability to fight infections.

Poorly controlled diabetes leads to higher glucose levels in saliva, fueling bacteria responsible for causing periodontal disease and as a result the gum tissues are more easily infected and inflamed. A diabetic’s impaired immune system will be less able to fight this bacterial infection. Bleeding gums, one of the most common symptoms of gum disease, allow these bacteria to get into the bloodstream and to create more inflammation within the body. The presence of inflammation in the body makes it harder for diabetics to control blood sugar levels, setting up a vicious circle that can be hard to break.

Dr. Daria Royzman is very keen for patients with diabetes to seek regular periodontal evaluations. Good gum health can help fight the oral health problems caused by diabetes and Dr. Royzman can work with patients to prevent periodontal disease, or to treat any symptoms that may already be present. Regular evaluations will enable Dr. Royzman to monitor any changes to the gums and to detect the earliest signs of this disease. Other symptoms can include a persistent bad taste, teeth that fit together differently or changes to the fitting of dental appliances.

As a highly qualified periodontist, Dr. Royzman can prescribe the best and most advanced treatments for periodontal disease. Diabetics can help by ensuring they manage glucose levels correctly and by practicing good oral health at home. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once-a-day, preferably just before bed time, can help reduce the risk of periodontal disease.

Dr. Daria Royzman is a board certified periodontist and has been providing periodontal care to patients in New York City and in the Westchester area for more than ten years. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and has been recognized for her achievements in the field of periodontology. She firmly believes in continuing education and frequently attends advanced courses to ensure her patients can benefit from the very best new technologies and techniques.

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