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    Does periodontal disease cause type 2 diabetes?

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    ProCare Family Dental is a general dental practice. We treat all patients, from the very young to the elderly. We also see patients with disabilities … View Profile

    Periodontal disease does not cause type 2 diabetes. Uncontrolled diabetes makes management of existing periodontal disease difficult.

  • Welcome to Just Dental Care. “We do CARE”. We provide quality care and affordable dentistry to you and your family. We provide a comprehensive range … View Profile

    Does periodontal disease cause Type 2 diabetes?

    Periodontal disease does not cause Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes however can exacerbate periodontal disease.  Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder that is characterised by high blood glucose levels. It is caused by an insulin resistance or relative insulin deficiency. The symptoms are increased thirst, frequent urination and constant hunger.

    Diabetes can exacerbate periodontal disease by

    • diabetes slows blood circulation, which can make the gum tissue more prone to infection.
    • diabetes reduces the body's resistance to infection.
    • high glucose levels in the blood can stimulate periodontal associated bacterial development. 
    If you have Type 2 diabetes, it is important to keep it under control. It is also important to see your dentist on a frequent basis to maintain good oral hygiene.

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  • Jaffar Dental - Trusted and Established since 1997. We are a family owned General Dental Practice offering a friendly and caring environment in Waterford QLD. … View Profile

    Bacterial infiltration into the blood stream due to periodontal disease can cause many ill health effects.

  • There is a connection between periodontal disease and diabetes 2, but while diabetes can lead to periodontal disease it is NOT currently thought that periodontal disease causes diabetes. The common factor in both is too much sugar or simple carbohydrates. 

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