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How Are Diabetes and Periodontal Disease Related?

February 1, 2017

Numerous long-term studies have shown that diabetics experience three times more periodontal diseases than their non-diabetic counterparts. In fact, periodontal diseases are recognized as the sixth clinical complication of diabetes.The relationship between diabetes and periodontal diseases are bi-directional, that is, a patient with diabetes is more likely to have periodontal diseases. By the same token, periodontal therapy in diabetics results in an improvement in his/her diabetic control.