Philadelphia, PA Dental Implants Expert Discusses the Oral Health-Diabetes Connection

Dr. David DiGiallorenzo, a Philadelphia, PA Dental Implants expert, spent time during Diabetes Awareness Month in November teaching patients about the diabetes and oral health connection.

Online PR News – 20-December-2010 – – WILLIAMSPORT AND COLLEGEVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA - Philadelphia, PA Dental Implants provider Dr. David DiGiallorenzo turned up efforts to teach diabetic patients and those with gum disease about the oral health/diabetes connection during Diabetes Awareness Month in November.

This connection goes both ways, according to research on the topic, said DiGiallorenzo, who treats patients with diabetes at his Philadelphia, PA periodontics office.

Gum disease can result in 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.

The International Diabetes Federation has recommendations regarding to the importance of periodontal health for diabetics. The recommendations support the idea that managing gum disease can lessen the risk of becoming diabetic and can help diabetics control their blood sugar levels better.
The IDF guideline also outlines information geared toward health professionals who treat diabetic patients and those at risk of developing it.

"I am in agreement with the IDF guidelines, which encourage health professionals to evaluate patients annually for signs of gum disease," said DiGiallorenzo, a Philadelphia, PA Periodontist ( "We all need to make an effort to prevent gum disease by caring for our teeth and gums, but this is especially 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.

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:

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.

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

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