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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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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!!

Linda S.

Dr. Roberts and her entire staff are very friendly and professional. Dr. Roberts has a great "bedside manner" and clearly explains what she needs to and why, in a very calming manner. She is a perfectionist in her work, and I can honestly say I've never experienced pain during several crown procedures. I would highly recommend this practice to anyone.

Skyler S.

Every time I walk into Dr. Roberts' office, I feel at home. The establishment is clean and welcoming, and the staff is so friendly! I live in Atlanta, and I still make the trip up to Alpharetta just to go back to Crabapple Dental because I appreciate everything they do so much. They always have the most up to date technology and tools that makes my mouth feel more clean each time I go. Definitely recommend!

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Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

(678) 319-0123