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Diabetes and Your Dental Health

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The relationship between diabetes and your oral health is a two-way street. More specifically, it is the condition of your gums that can affect and be affected by your blood sugars. In other words, uncontrolled gum disease can lead to diabetes and uncontrolled diabetes can make it more difficult to stop gum disease. It is a vicious cycle that deserves a closer look.

Periodontal disease is an inflammatory condition. When the body initiates an inflammatory response, it impacts insulin sensitivity and can eventually lead to unhealthy blood sugar levels. This can be especially worrisome for diabetics. On the other side of the street, if you have poorly managed blood glucose levels, it can be hard to combat plaque formation in your mouth, which is the foundation for gum disease. Furthermore, people with untreated diabetes often suffer from dry mouth. Without adequate amounts of saliva, acids and bacteria don’t always get washed away, and decay and infection can result.

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you’ve got some extra responsibilities in regards to your dental care compared to the average person. Clinical guidelines from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) emphasize the importance of periodontal health for people with diabetes. This should include routine follow up with your dentist as recommended. In addition to your regular cleanings, you may also need periodic “deep cleanings”. A deep cleaning is also referred to as a scaling and root planing. Don’t worry; it is a non-invasive, simple procedure designed to remove stubborn plaque and bacteria around the tooth root and beneath the gum line. It also smooths out the surfaces of your tooth so that the gums are encouraged to reattach. When gums become inflamed or infected, they can pull away from the tooth and form deep pockets. A scaling and root planing can reverse this process at an early stage.

At Mitzi Morris, DMD, we want to know if you suffer from diabetes, even if it is at a very mild stage. We also want you to tell us if you have a chronic dry mouth, swollen gums or other changes in your oral health. This helps us ensure that your oral health is not compromising your overall health. Dr. Morris offers complete periodontal therapy that can eradicate gum disease and help you control your diabetes better. We encourage you to do your part in managing your glucose levels and taking extra precautions to monitor your gum health.

Posted on behalf of Mitzi D. Morris

1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

Phone: 678-459-2990

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C
  • I have never experienced an office so down to earth, so outgoing and so willing to satisfy. If you've grown to dread the dentist then lay down your sword and give this office a shot.

    Marc Mamane

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Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

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