DIABETES AND PERIODONTITIS – THE TWO WAY RELATIONSHIP
Author: Sanketh DS, MDS & Divakaran R, MDS
Periodontitis refers to the inflammation of the supporting periodontal tissues surrounding the tooth. It is caused by specific groups of micro-organisms and results in progressive destruction of the periodontal fibres and the alveolar bone. Chronic periodontitis has a slow rate of progression and most commonly affects adults and sometimes even children and adolescents. Its relation with diabetes mellitus has been researched for many years and is now well established that hyperglycaemia could influence progression of periodontal disease. There is also a growing body of evidence implicating chronic periodontitis in affecting glycaemic control and aggravating complications in diabetes. So, let’s have a look at how one affects the other!
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