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The Oral Health/Diabetes Connection Is Discussed by Philadelphia, PA Dental Impl

Dec 21, 2010

COLLEGEVILLE, PA -- Dr. David DiGiallorenzo, a Philadelphia, PA Dental Implants expert, bumped up his efforts to teach diabetic patients and those with gum disease about the connection between oral health and diabetes during Diabetes Awareness Month in November.

This connection goes both ways, according to research on the topic, said DiGiallorenzo, who treats diabetics at his Philadelphia, PA periodontics practice.

Periodontal disease can cause heightened blood sugar levels and contribute to diabetes progression, according to the American Diabetes Association. Diabetics are at higher risk of facing serious gum disease because they tend to be more prone to bacterial infection.

Recommendations by the International Diabetes Federation regarding the importance of periodontal health for diabetics. The recommendations support the concept that managing gum disease can lower the risk of becoming diabetic and can help diabetics manage their blood sugar levels better.

The IDF guidelines also outline information directed to health professionals who treat diabetics and those at risk of developing it.

"I agree with the IDF guidelines, which encourage health professionals to examine patients annually for signs of gum disease," said the Philadelphia, PA periodontist. "We all need to take steps to prevent gum disease by caring for our teeth and gums, but this is really important for diabetics."

Gum disease triggers the body's inflammatory response, which can affect insulin sensitivity and lead to higher blood sugar levels, said Dr. Samuel Low, an associate dean and professor at the University of Florida College of Dentistry.

An estimated 285 million people worldwide are affected by diabetes, according to information posted on the American Academy of Periodontology website (http://www.perio.org/consumer/diabetes-guidelines.htm).

Learn More
For more information about diabetes and gum disease treatment or to schedule a consultation with one of the Philadelphia, PA periodontists in Dr. DiGiallorenzo?s office, call: (610) 409-6064 in Collegeville; (570) 322-4741 in Williamsport; or visit his website: www.perioimplants.us.

About Dr. David Digiallorenzo
Dr. David Digiallorenzo, or "Dr. D," graduated from Temple University School of Dentistry in 1993 and completed a specialty in periodontics and dental implantology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995.

Dr. Digiallorenzo concentrates on periodontics, dental implantology, advanced reconstructive case management and TMJ treatment.

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Contact Info
  • PA Periodontics
  • David Digiallorenzo
  • (610) 409-6064