Chronic Periodontal Disease Could Lead To Diabetes

diabetes indicatorBETHESDA, Md. April 19, 2001, Research presented today reflects that diabetes may worsen in patients with periodontal disease. Studies that have recently been conducted are linking periodontal disease as a risk factor of developing diabetes.

The research was revealed in Bethesda, Md at an American Academy of Periodontology (AAP)/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) symposium on periodontal systemic connections.

It was shown that bacteria, once entered into the blood, can activate immune cells and cause the formation of cytokines that are potentially destructive to the body.

Controlled Diabetics Have New Reason To Smile

CHICAGO November 22, 1999 In line with the extensive research that has been conducted linking diabetes to periodontal disease, a study that was released today in the November issue of the Journal of Periodontology found that those with poorly-controlled type 2 diabetes have an increased chance of developing the disease. The published data draws on the conclusion that poorly controlled diabetics react in a different manner to bacterial plaque lining the gums than do well-controlled diabetics and non-diabetics. The cytokins that surround gingival tissue in such poorly controlled diabetics leads to severe gum inflation. As a result, the amount of growth factor proteins is lowered, reducing the body’s reaction time to healing an infection.

For these reasons, the American Academy of Periodontology is strongly recommending that diabetics to receive a periodontal evaluation during National Diabetes Month in November, as the study further concludes that diabetes is more difficult to control in the presence of periodontal disease.