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The Important Link Between Diabetes and Periodontal Disease

  • August 26, 2014

Studies conducted over the past 50 years have indicated that patients with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing periodontal disease, and that periodontal disease itself plays a significant role in worsening the diabetic condition. Diabetic patients also typically experience periodontitis symptoms that are far more severe and dangerous than those without diabetes. At LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania in Williamsburg, PA and Collegeville, PA, Dr. David DiGiallorenzo provides patients with preventive and restorative periodontal therapy, reducing their risks of further complications. This is particularly critical in patients with diabetes.

Periodontal Disease: Your Risk as a Diabetic Patient

Diabetic patients are already at an increased risk of complications involving the eyes, kidneys, and cardiovascular system. Infections of the gum tissue make it exceedingly more difficult to control the levels of glucose in the blood, making periodontal maintenance especially important for men and women with diabetes.

Ongoing research strives to discover reliable methods of predicting periodontitis in diabetic patients, measuring the levels of glycated albumin and calprotectin in gingival crevicular fluid. Being able to predict the potential for periodontal disease in patients with diabetes would aid in the successful treatment of the condition before it caused extensive damage.

Protecting Yourself from the Dangers of Periodontitis

If you or a loved one is affected by diabetes, addressing periodontal health is a vital step in preventing potentially serious damage to not only your gums, but to your overall physical wellness. Dr. David DiGiallorenzo and his team are genuinely dedicated to helping patients just like you overcome periodontal health concerns, and we invite you to experience the difference our commitment can make in your life.

Contact our offices in Collegeville, PA and Williamsport, PA today to schedule your appointment or to talk with our knowledgeable staff about the link between diabetes and chronic periodontal disease. We make it our mission to provide our patients with the exceptional oral health care they need to live longer, healthier, and happier lives. Our state-of-the-art practice welcomes patients from throughout the surrounding areas of Bloomberg, Sunbury, Pottstown, Lock Haven, and beyond.