Before you say "Dentist!" and run, don't click that button.
It is with great pleasure that I have been given this opportunity to write for MyDiabetesCentral.com. My father was an endocrinologist, and I was raised in Dallas, Texas. I attended college and dental school in Texas. I was interested in dentistry because I was very much into the blending of art and science in a health profession. After graduating, working for the Navy for three years and practicing in Houston for four, we moved to my wife's hometown of Omaha, Neb. I have lived and practiced general dentistry and oral medicine in the Omaha area since 1992.
Diabetes care issues have become my passion and "hobby." My diabetes community involvement includes the state diabetes control program advisory committee and acting as a dental consultant answering dental Q & A for Children with Diabetes, Diabetes 123, and the Diabetes Monitor. I have attended several diabetes conferences and diabetes continuing medical education. In addition, presentations have been made at diabetes and dental conferences on oral health issues and diabetes.
My commitment to you, the reader, is that this blog will be well-rounded and focus on the multiple issues of diabetes care that influence oral health. Some of this information has never been communicated to diabetes patients. Some of it will be based on personal and life experiences. And some of it, my fellow dental professionals should know. Please forward this to your dentist and dental hygienist.
The goals for this blog are:
- Provide timely, up-to-date information on the relationship between oral health and diabetes and its complications
- Provide commentary on general diabetes topics
- Advocate for better diabetes care by promoting collaboration between the various healthcare entities that manage patients with diabetes
- Give you the opportunity to submit general questions about oral health topics of concern to those patients with diabetes
If you have any topics that you wish to be discussed, please e-mail me.
Remember, "Healthy mouths mean Healthy Bodies."
Published On: July 24, 2007