The connection between the two diseases is called causal factors.

For example:

  • Blood Sugar – Periodontal disease in the body elevates blood sugar. It adds to the time the body must take to bring sugar levels to normal. This blood sugar connection increases the incidence of diabetes.
  • Blood Vessel Thickening – Blood vessels in the mouth tend to become thicker when one has diabetes. This reduces the absorption of waste material and nutrients which causes the results of the infections created by periodontal disease to worsen.
  • Poor Oral Hygiene – Without proper oral health, sugars in the mouth are more apt to be trapped in the lower recesses of the gums becoming food for periodontal disease. This increases the metabolic problems that diabetes sufferers experience.