A local dentist is a medical doctor who is trained in helping patients maintain good dental health. They help patients of all ages take care of their teeth and gums. Your local dentist may refer you to a local endodontist if you need a root canal or a local periodontist if you have periodontal disease. If you have a chronic disease such as diabetes, your local family physician may work with your local dentist to help you manage your oral health. If people with diabetes don’t have good blood glucose control, they may experience gum disease and tooth decay because of increased bacteria (as well as other complications such as foot health issues and diabetic retinopathy).