Gum Disease is a common complication in diabetic patients. Previous studies have found that diabetic patients are two to five times more likely to develop gum disease as compared to the general population.1 In addition, the Inflammatory response to gum-disease causing bacteria in type 1 diabetic patients is prolonged and leads to gum disease development and/or progression.2
The biological mechanism that may explain the observed link between diabetes, particularly type 2, and the early stage of gum disease or gingivitis - is not fully understood. Research is being conducted to understand the role of inflammation and the link between type 2 diabetes and gingivitis. This research may help to develop new treatments to prevent the development or progression of gum disease in diabetics.
We currently are not enrolling participants for any studies involving this health condition. Please check back frequently as we are always adding new research studies. Please feel free to schedule an appointment for a general screening to be added to our registry, so we can contact you when you may be eligible for a study.
1 Loe, H., Periodontal disease. The sixth complication of diabetes mellitus. Diabetes
Care,1993. 16(1): p. 329-34. to journal].
2Iacopino, A.M., Periodontitis and diabetes interrelationships: role of
inflammation. Ann Periodontol, 2001. 6(1): p. 125-37.