People with diabetes are more likely to have periodontal disea
than people without diabetes. We have known this for many years through clinical
observations and studies.
Research has recently demonstrated that the relationship goes both ways. For example,
people with diabetes usually have more aggressive periodontal problems and periodontal
disease may make it more difficult for people who have diahetes to control their blood
More research is needed to demonstrate exactly how periodontal disease makes it more
difficult to control blood sugar. We have seen in several studies that severe periodontal
disease can increase blood sugar. This may lead to longer durations where your body
functions with elevated blood sugar levels. The consequence of heightened sugar levels can
increased the risk for diabetic complications. Therefore, if you control your periodontal
disease, you may findi it easier to keep your blood sugar levels in balance.
Nearly 6 million Americans in the U.S. have diabetes. If you have diabetes personally
or have family members with it, you or they could be at more risk for having periodontal
disease. Periodontal disease often comes with few or no symptoms, so you may be unaware of
it. Have a comprehensive periodontal examination to see where you stand!!
The American Academy of Periodontology can provide recorded telephone information at
1-800-FLOSSEM. They also have an excellent web site at