Patient Education

Diabetes and Periodontal Disease

The two-way relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes…

For years we’ve known that people with diabetes are more likely to have periodontal disease that people without diabetes.   Recently, research has emerged suggesting that the relationship goes both ways—periodontal disease may make it more difficult for people who have diabetes to control their blood sugar.  More research is needed to confirm how periodontal disease can make it more difficult to control blood sugar. What we do know is that severe periodontal disease can increase blood sugar, contributing to increased periods of time when your body functions with a high blood sugar. And , as a diabetic, you know that this puts you at increased risk for diabetic complications.

In other words, controlling you periodontal disease may help you control you diabetes. If you are among the nearly 16 million American in the U.S. who live with diabetes, or are at risk for periodontal disease, see a periodontist for a periodontal evaluation—because healthy gums may lead to a healthier body.

(Information obtained from The American Academy of Periodontology www.perio.org)

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