B cells, type 2 diabetes, and periodontal disease

If you’re looking for a dentist in Jacksonville FL, look no further than Smiles by Shields! We’re the dental home for patients with compounding health factors such as type 2 diabetes and we can help keep your oral health on track while you focus on related aspects of your total wellness. In fact, regulating type 2 diabetes and gum disease may be more connected than you think!

Research published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology suggests that modulation of B cells may effectively treat and/or prevent the symptoms of type 2 diabetes and periodontitis simultaneously. One of the most important blood cells involved in the human immune response, B cells, are shown to promote inflammation and bone loss in type 2 diabetes-associated periodontal disease. These findings support the idea that treatments that manipulate the responses of B cells may treat or prevent this complication.

Controlling type 2 diabetes, then, may be a factor in controlling periodontal disease. If you have questions about how type 2 diabetes can complicate your oral health, schedule your appointment with Dr. Tiffany Shields today to discuss your dental care in relation to your total wellness.


Federation of American Societies for Exp. “The cause of gum disease related to type 2 diabetes.” Medical News Today. Retrieved from


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