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Can Diabetes Lead to Periodontal Disease?

Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gums and tissues that support the teeth. In most cases, it’s the result of plaque and tartar buildup that arises when patients fail to routinely or properly brush and floss their teeth. 

There are two stages of periodontal disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease as it only affects the gums. Fortunately, it can be reversed with good oral hygiene and proper treatment.

Left untreated, gingivitis may develop into periodontitis. During periodontitis, bacteria penetrate into the deep pockets of tissue, where membranes and bone support the teeth. This stage of periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and other serious health complications.

Dr. Samadian treats patients with periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a condition that can often arise as a complication of diabetes. 

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How Diabetes Relates to Periodontal Disease 

Patients with diabetes are more likely to develop periodontal disease than those without it. This is because poor blood sugar control significantly raises the risk for gum issues and infections. 

Just like any other infection, serious periodontal disease can cause blood sugar to increase. When this arises, diabetes becomes more difficult to control because patients are more prone to infections and less able to fight the bacteria that invade the gums. 

While good oral hygiene and regular dentist visits are important for all people, they are especially important for those with diabetes. 

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Treating Periodontal Disease

Fortunately, Dr. Samadian offers treatments for diabetic patients who are living with periodontal disease. These treatments include LANAP® and Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™. Both LANAP® and Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™come with minimal pain and downtime.

Commonly known as laser gum surgery, LANAP® treatments involve a laser that can restore gum health. Dr. Samadian and his team use a laser machine to distribute variable pulses to target infected gum tissue. The precision of this laser allows Dr. Samadian to leave healthy tissue intact and unharmed. LANAP® is a minimally invasive treatment that can restore your gum health with a 1 to 2 hour session. 

Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ is a non-invasive treatment for gum recession. Dr. Samadian uses a needle to create a tiny incision to gently loosen the gum tissue. After repositioning the gums, Dr. Samadian will insert collagen sticks to maintain your new gum line. Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ will take 1 to 2 hours to complete and will leave you with natural, sustainable results. 

Also, Dr. Samadian uses the CAMBRA protocol and offers advanced products to fight cavities and gum disease that are very effective in patients with Diabetes. 

What Our Patients Say About Us

*Individual Results May Vary


I could not recommend Dr. Samadian more – AND all of his staff, at that! No longer will I mind or be afraid of going to the dentist.


Very informative, patient and sensitive to your needs. Very focused, and desires to ensure it’s done properly the first time.

Take the Next Step

If you have more questions about diabetes and its relationship to periodontal disease, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Amin Samadian in East Bay, Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Piedmont, Danville, San Ramon, Alamo, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Concord, Oakland, Berkeley, and Brentwood, CA today.You can count on him to help you make an informed decision. Call us at (925-254-2360) or fill out our convenient online contact form.

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