BACKGROUND: Diabetes and periodontitis have long been linked in the dental literature but have never been substantiated. More and more evidence shows a strong association between gum disease and heart disease, stroke, diabetes, poor pregnancy outcomes, and other conditions. The inflammation that is caused by gingivitis and periodontal disease has been linked to these diseases. Diabetes may lower your ability to fight the germs that cause periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. The good news? Diabetes is characterized by too much glucose (or sugar) in the blood. Type II diabetics are unable to regulate insulin levels which means excess glucose stays in the blood.
In recent years, a link between periodontitis and diabetes mellitus has been postulated. Take control of your oral health, or… take control of your diabetes. Diabetic patients with poor blood sugar control are more likely to develop gum disease than patients whose diabetes is well controlled. Some research