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Prof. Dr. Hülya Toker

How Successful Are Antioxidants İn Periodontal Therapy?

Periodontitis is a chronic inflammatory disease affecting all popuplations all over the world and oxidative stress is the key to different signaling pathways controlling inflammation. Also, periodontitis is associated with low serum/plasma micronutrient levels and high reactive oxygen radicals. Several studies found that diets rich in refined carbohydrates and saturated fats are pro-inflammatory, whereas those rich in polyunsaturated fats, antioxidant micronutrients are anti-inflammatory.
Although numerous studies evaluated the relationship between micronutrients and periodontal disease, intervention studies in humans are increasing in recent years. In relation to periodontal disease, number of  studies have been conducted and include vitamin C and E, carotenoids, polyphenols, flavonoids and other pyhtonutrients. There is a body of evidence from cross-sectional studies that support the potential to improve periodontal outcomes by using dietary antioxidants. In this lecture will discuss antioxidants and their clinical consequences in the treatment of periodontal diseases.

 

She graduated from faculty of dentistry, Istanbul University in 1998. In the same year, she started to work at Periodontoloji Department, Cumhuriyet University.  Defended the thesis ‘‘the effect of meloxicam on IL-1β and IL-1 receptor antagonist level of gıngıval crevıcular fluid in patients with chronic periodontitis in 2004.  She has got the title of associate professor at the field of periodontology in 2015 and the title of professor in 2015. She started to work as a professor in Health Sciences University Gulhane Faculty of Dentistry at Periodontology department in 2018. In 2019, she was assigned as assistant of dean of Gulhane Dentistry Faculty and head physician of Gulhane Dentistry Health Application Research Center. She is an member of a number of Professional organizations including the Turkish Society of Periodontology, European Federation of Periodontology  (EFP), ve International Team for Implantology (ITI). She is married with two children.