Diabetes and Periodontal Disease
Diabetic patients are more likely to develop periodontal
disease, which in turn can increase blood sugar and diabetic
People with diabetes are more likely to have
periodontal disease than people without diabetes, probably because
people with diabetes are more susceptible to contracting infections. In
fact, periodontal disease is often considered a complication of
diabetes. Those people who don't have their diabetes under control are
especially at risk.
Research has suggested that the relationship between diabetes and
periodontal disease goes both ways - periodontal disease may make it
more difficult for people who have diabetes to control their blood
Severe periodontal disease can increase blood sugar, contributing to
increased periods of time when the body functions with a high blood
sugar. This puts people with diabetes at increased risk for diabetic
If you have questions or concerns about diabetes or periodontal disease, please contact our office.