Diabetes Mellitus e cárie dentária

  • Domenique Ferreira Nascimento de Carvalho (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a metabolic disease characterized by the increase of blood glucose (hyperglycemia). It is currently one of the major public health problems. The impact and epidemiology have been increasing in recent decades. In Portugal, it is estimated that about a third of the population has diabetes or are at risk. Among the various types of diabetes mellitus, the main two are the type1 and type2 and have different etiopathogenesis. In addition to the chronic complications such as nephropathy, neuropathy and retinopathy, DM is also related to oral complications. Dental caries is a highly prevalent disease that affects almost all people, regardless of race, gender, age or social status, and is therefore considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a serious public health issue, with high morbidity but low mortality levels. It is a bacterial infection disease post-eruptive evidenced by a dissolution and destruction of progressive centripetal and mineralized tissues of teeth. However, there is no consensus regarding to the relationship between diabetes mellitus and tooth decay. Some studies report a positive association between both, while others report no such association
Date of Award12 Jul 2013
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorJoão Leite Moreira (Supervisor)


  • Dental caries
  • Periodontal disease
  • Oral mucosa
  • Saliva


  • Mestrado em Medicina Dentária

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