People with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing oral health problems such gum disease. Dr. Chang of the Rancho Cucamonga, CA Diabetes Dentistry office specializes in providing dental care that focuses specifically on the unique needs of diabetic patients. Periodontal disease is of particular concern as it can lead to more serious complications for diabetic dental patients.
“Diabetics have always been advised to be particularly careful with their oral health,” says Dr. Chang, practice owner of Rancho Cucamonga, CA Diabetes Dentistry. “We know that a person living with diabetes requires special care to avoid developing serious gum disease. Managing the specific oral health care needs of patients with diabetes and pre-diabetes requires specialized training that most dentists to not have. Understanding the concerns of diabetic patients and knowing how to handle them is critical to the patient’s overall well-being.”
New studies indicate that there is evidence to suggest that careful monitoring of the diabetic patient’s oral health is essential. These studies have established that the connection between serious gum disease and diabetes goes both ways – people with diabetes are more prone to developing serious periodontal disease, but gum disease may also have the potential to affect blood glucose control, contributing to the progression of diabetes.
Dr. Chang, a founding member of Dentistry for Diabetics, is one of only a few dentists who specialize in addressing the specific needs of diabetic dental patients. Dr. Chang is trained to administer blood glucose and DNA testing to help identify the patient’s risk for developing serious dental diseases. This information is used to develop a treatment plan for the patient that includes prevention. This plan is designed to educate the patient about the best ways to assist in managing their own oral health.
It is not uncommon for a dental patient with diabetes to delay dental treatment. In some cases, there may already be signs of dental disease that causes the patient embarrassment over the appearance of their teeth and gums. Delaying treatment puts the patient at further risk for developing serious complications and severe problems with their oral and general health. A dentist specializing in diabetic dentistry is sensitive to these concerns and has the training to treat patients accordingly.
About Dr. Chang
Dr. Chang has been in practice for over 30 years. She received her dental education at Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine in 1980 and completed her residency at Loma Linda University in 1981. During Dr. Chang’s practice she has focused on dentistry for the diabetic patient, developing new methods of sedation for patients afraid of visiting the dentist, and breaking new ground in the dental implant field. She is a member of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the Academy of General Dentistry, and a founding member of Dentistry for Diabetics.