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Patients with Type 2 Diabetes are at an increased risk for developing periodontal disease: a chronic infection of the tissues supporting the teeth that can lead to serious dental health problems including tooth loss. Specifically, individuals with poor blood sugar control get gum disease more often and more severely than persons with good blood sugar control. They also lose more teeth.

In a report appearing in the August 2014 issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology, B cells (one of the most important blood cells involved in the human immune response) are shown to promote inflammation and bone loss in periodontal disease that is associated with Type 2 Diabetes. These important findings support the idea that treatments that manipulate the response of B cells may treat or prevent this type of periodontal disease.

This study identified common inflammatory mechanisms that are shared by Type 2 diabetes and periodontal disease. According to Dr. Min Zhu, Ph.D., a researcher with the Boston University School of Medicine in Boston Massachusetts, “These findings pave the way for the development of novel therapeutics which aim to simultaneously treat both Type 2 Diabetes and its complications.”

For individuals with Type 2 Diabetes, good diabetic control is the best protection against periodontal disease. Practicing good daily oral hygiene can also help to mitigate the risk. If you have Type 2 Diabetes, talk to your doctor about strategies for maintaining good blood sugar control and keeping your teeth and gums healthy and strong.

Posted on behalf of Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

Phone: (678) 319-0123


Monday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

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Aly C.

This dental practice is a gem! The front desk staff are kind, efficient and welcoming. I was pleasantly surprised at the clinical staff’s fantastic bedside manner. Everything was explained in advance and this was very appreciated. My teeth have never felt better! Love, love, love the hygienist that worked with me. She is a rockstar. Thank you to the whole gang!

Caitlin G.

I've been going to Crabapple dental for many years and I can honestly say Dr. Roberts and her team are by far the best. It's hard to find a good dentist that takes the time to get to know you and truly cares about your health. I knew Dr. Roberts was special when she filled a few cavities for me, then called me later that night to make sure I was ok. I feel at home when I'm there and they always treat me so well. Kelly is so wonderful! She takes her time and makes going to the dentist an easy task. I never stress about going because I know she'll take care of me. She is so pleasant and efficient; truly the best experience and I leave feeling great. Both Kelly and Dr. Roberts are so gentle and that is the most important thing to me. Dr. Roberts has the most updated equipment and beautiful office to give the best experience. I travel from downtown to see them because they are the best! Don't hesitate to make an appointment; you won't be disappointed!!

Kim B.

This is by far the most customer focused dental practice I’ve ever experienced. Starting with Dr Roberts and her entire staff! Immediately I felt I was a priority and my anxiety slowly disappeared. She has state of the art technology and is a pleasure to work with!! She contacted me after hours to check on me after certain procedures!! Highly recommend!!!! A very warm and nurturing environment!!

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Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

(678) 319-0123