Let’s Talk: Diabetes and Periodontal Disease


Oral and overall bodily health has a direct correlation in everyone. Diabetes increases the risk and severity of periodontal disease and it goes hand in hand both ways, as periodontal disease may actually worsen a person’s diabetic state.

Please Note: Proper oral healthcare at home is very important to one’s general health. It is not enough to just see your dentist every six months or whenever recommended, especially living with a condition such as diabetes.

If you have periodontal disease and are living with or without diabetes, your dentist will complete a thorough oral evaluation including:

  • Extraoral and intraoral hard and soft tissues
  • Evaluation for oral cancer
  • Medical and dental history
  • General health assessment
  • Dental caries, missing or un-erupted teeth, restorations, existing prostheses, occlusal relationships
  • Periodontal conditions including periodontal charting
  • Hard and soft tissue anomalies

For more information on this topic, check out the new article “New Insurance Coverage Based on Study of Health Care Costs Related to Perio Treatment of Diabetics” by Kelly Soderlund in the ADA news.

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