Diabetes Mellitus affects almost 10 percent of adult Americans. Approximately 35-40 percent of this group has diabetes and don't know it. Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease caused by oral bacteria. Over 50 percent of the United States population has periodontal disease and the severity increases with age.
Scientific research strongly suggests that diabetes is a risk factor for periodontal disease. Inflammation plays an obvious role in periodontal disease and inflammation is also a major component of diabetic complications.