Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores
26210 Harper Avenue, Suite 100, St. Clair Shores, MI 48081

Discover the Biting News about Diabetes and Teeth

dca-blog-174-diabetes-and-dental-care

If you’re diabetic, you can’t afford to ignore the latest research on diabetes and oral health problems. Learn about your risk and how to protect your health.

A Look at the Link Between Diabetes and Oral Health

If you’re diabetic, you need to know that research has shown a reciprocal relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes. Along with diabetics having a greater chance of developing the severe form of gum disease called periodontal disease, merely having periodontal disease makes blood sugar rise and makes it more difficult to control. As a result, each disease worsens the other and causes major problems with both diabetes and oral health.

A Mutual Menace

Since 22 percent of people with diabetes have periodontal disease, this relationship appears to be very real. If you have diabetes, it’s vital to be aware of the problems that come with having both periodontal disease and diabetes. The most frequent include:

  • Swollen or bleeding gums, which are an early sign of gum disease
  • Greater risk of oral infections
  • Dry mouth, due to less saliva and certain medications
  • Higher risk of cavities due to less saliva

Save Your Life and Your Smile

Now that you know about the potential for problems with diabetes and teeth, it’s important to protect your health in every way. To help you take control of your diabetes and oral health, follow these six steps:

  1. Control your blood sugar levels.
  2. Be sure to take all of your diabetes-related medications.
  3. Eat a healthy diet.
  4. Avoid or stop smoking.
  5. Maintain good dental habits at home, including brushing twice a day and flossing daily.
  6. Visit your dentist for checkups and cleanings at least twice a year. If you have a history of diabetes and teeth problems, you may need to go more often.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in St. Clair Shores, call Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores today at (248) 850-1809 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in St. Clair Shores. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
The Professionalism and the attentiveness of the team.
Stephanie H.
Dr. Duan, Dr. Ascano and the entire front office make up the best dental staff in all of SE Michigan. Thank you for your quick and painless extractions and your reasonable pricing. Will only […]
Brandon W.
Dr. Ascano and his entire staff are always so nice that I feel like I’m visiting with friends! They do a wonderful job and are very patient with my daughter. I highly recommend Gentle Dental on […]
Brad B.
This dentist office is the best !! Cheryl is the reason I keep coming back and I will not move out of State because of her !! Being a military wife we move around a lot and I will always come to this […]
Debi S.
Such an amazing staff all around. Kathy, Dr. Ascano and Dr. Duan are all so knowledgeable and kind. They made me feel so comfortable even though I was a pain to them and have a crazy fear of the […]
Allissa B.
Everyone was helpful and friendly. Very accommodating!
Dianne P.
It took me over 20years to get to the dentist. If I would have known Dr. Ascano was out there I would have gone sooner. From the very first visit he took all my fears away and made me feel […]
Sandra M.
Very gentle and thoroughly explained all the things going on with my teeth. Itemized all costs and explained why I needed certain services. Created a game plan with me instead of dictated a plan. […]
Angel H.
They are very friendly and have great service
Kia T.
Friendly staff with flexible appointments! Felt so welcomed as a new patient!
Kristen T.
I love Them!!! They are family oriented, respectful, flexible and do a great job!!!!
Jacquelyn S.
My children and I all go to Gentle Dental, the staff is amazing, the dentists are very kind and… Well, gentle. I dealt with a lot of trauma around dentists growing up and hadn’t been to a dentist […]
Dayna B.
The Dentist Dr. Duan, dental assistance Chulae, and hyg. Sam were excellent.
Caracakeco J.
Staff was amazing in every way
Logan S.
Professional and courteous front office staff. Respectful technical staff. Everyone seemed happy to see me.
Anthony L.
Wow Dr. Duan…Totally hooked me up on care and price. Fixed a tooth I thought was going to involve way more work and money! Thank you Gentle Dental!!
Heidi B.
The staff really care about my kids’ dental health. They treat you like family. I’m so glad I started bringing them here.
Annemarie H.
everybody was great from the time I got there to the time I left
Edward G.
Dr. Duan, Kathy … and the entire staff make you feel relaxed and confident in the fact that you are in the hands of true professionals that care about you.
John P.
Excellent patient care!
William N.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

Office Hours
  • Monday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Get in touch:
  • Phone: (248) 850-1809
Our Location