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Drs. John Pinnix and George Betancourt would like to extend our sincerest best wishes to you and your families. We hope that you continue to navigate these most difficult times with strength, perseverance and the promise that we will all soon return to 'business as usual'.

Please note, the purpose of this email is not to go into detail about our office protocols during the current COVID- 19 response. We always have and will continue to maintain the highest level of aseptic and sterilization techniques. Regarding our office hours, we are presently closed as a result of recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the American Dental Association. For patients with upcoming appointments, trust that we will communicate directly with you via phone call to reschedule them as we learn more about our current situation.

For the time being, we want to extend to you, our patients, the helping hand you need during these times for all things dental. While we may be limited in terms of office hours and available services, Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt remain available to you via other modalities. For example, we ask that you please find and follow our social media pages, pinnixandbetancourt on Instagram, Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney on Facebook, and @BlakeneySmiles on Twitter. We will use these social media outlets as a means of communication and also a way to provide a Question & Answer forum for general questions anyone may have.

For personal/private needs related to ongoing treatment or your dental health, we will be available to schedule a virtual consultation. This may be accomplished via FaceTime, Zoom meeting or other platform whereby we may have a face to face encounter. These will be available to you, our patient, as a courtesy.

These are unprecedented times for us all. We strive to be on the front edge of the capabilities and service we provide our patients. Much of that depends on our availability and communication. We are here and we will, across any medium possible, provide the guidance you need during these difficult times. We ask that you please reach out to us either via email to the office (, one of our social media platforms, or our phone line from which you can leave a message. We will make every effort possible to get back to you in a timely manner.

From Drs. Pinnix, Betancourt and our entire staff at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, we hope you and your families manage the COVID-19 pandemic with an abundance of care, caution and respect for the well being of our community.


Drs. John M. Pinnix, George A. Betancourt and the staff of Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney

Dental Care Challenges for Diabetic Patients

By Dr. Pinnix on January 05, 2016

Dental care toolsDiabetics face many serious health challenges as part of their medical condition. In addition to the various risks to general health and wellness, diabetics also have to face a umber of serious dental health problems. Dr. George A. Betancourt and Dr. John M. Pinnix are well aware of these matters, and they have helped countless patients with such issues at their Charlotte general dentistry practice.

It's important that diabetics be aware o the dental health issues that they may face in order to properly maintain their dental health and ensure that they get the care they need from their dentist. Let's go over some basics right now.

Increased Risk of Gum Disease

One of the increased risks that diabetics face is a heightened susceptibility to infection. This means a greater likelihood of gum disease. Gum disease is a type of infection of the gum tissue, commonly caused by the oral bacteria that naturally occurs in the mouth. This is the same oral bacteria that causes bad breath and tooth decay.

There are three different stages of gum disease. Listed in order from least severe to most severe, they are as follows:

  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis
  • Advanced periodontitis

It's always best to have gum disease treated at its earliest stages.

Advanced Development of Tooth Decay

In addition to increase susceptibility to gum disease, diabetics are also more prone to experiencing tooth decay. This is the result of the blood sugar issues that they face. There are chances that tooth decay may develop and progress faster when a person is a diabetic.

Frequent Bouts of Dry Mouth

In addition to greater likelihood of tooth decay and gum disease, diabetics are also likely to experience bouts of dry mouth. Dry mouth makes bad breath worse, makes it difficult to eat and speak, and also increases the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. In essence dry mouth contributes to many different dental problems becoming far worse.

Potential Cases of Oral Thrush

With regard to infection, it's also worth noting that diabetics are more prone to suffer from oral thrush. Thrush is a type of fungal infection that can affect different parts of the body. Thrush is an unsightly and inconvenient rash, typically appearing around the mouth and lips.

What Dentists Can Do for Diabetic Patients

Dentists have a whole host of dental treatments available to treat the various problems that a diabetic may face. This includes various restorative procedures for tooth decay and gum disease and solutions for issues with dry mouth.

During a consultation at our practice, we will be more than happy to consider all of your options for treatment in order to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible.

Oral Hygiene Tips for Diabetics

Visiting your dentist twice a year can do a lot to keep your smile healthy, but diabetics can also do a lot while at home to address these matters.

For one, it's ideal for diabetics to brush and floss. Doing this at least twice a day can help prevent major issues with tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing and flossing after every meal is most ideal.

In addition, it's important for diabetics to monitor their blood sugar and ensure they are eating healthy throughout the day. Staying hydrated with fresh water also helps fight dry mouth and keep the mouth as clean as possible.

Schedule a Consultation at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney

To learn more about dental care treatments that can help diabetic patients, be sure to contact Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney today. Dr. George A. Betancourt and Dr. John M. Pinnix will work closely with each patient to ensure they achieve optimal health and wellness.

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