These two diseases are in their own separate category, but we will delve into them here. Diabetes is a difficult one, we can have a higher prevalence to perio disease if you have diabetes. Similarly, you are at a higher level of susceptibility or acquiring diabetes if you already have periodontal disease. Additionally, according to the Journal of American Geriatrics Society, poor mental and physical performance in senior citizens can be attributed to tooth loss and periodontal disease. Frequent dental care is a great method for preventative treatment.