Important Dates

Prof. Dr. Özgün Akçaka

Possible Mechanisms of Interaction Between Periodontitis and Hyperglycemia

Severe periodontitis is the sixth most common chronic disease worldwide, and its prevalence is likely to increase with the increasing life span. Periodontitis is an infectious and inflammatory disease that affects the supporting tissues of teeth. The major etiological factor in the pathogenesis of periodontitis is the microbial dental plaque. If left untreated, severe periodontitis may cause tooth loss and impair the functions of the dentition, such as chewing, speaking as well as facial aesthetics. Periodontitis contributes to the overall inflammatory burden of the individual, which is strongly implicated in systemic diseases such as diabetes mellitus. Common systemic diseases like uncontrolled DM may affect the occurrence and severity of periodontitis as well as the response to periodontal treatment.


Özgün Özçaka is a graduate of Ege University, School of Dentistry at 2001 where she received her DDS degree. She attended Periodontology Program of Graduate Study offered by Institute of Health Sciences at Ege University and graduated with Ph.D. degree at 2006. She became an Associate Professor at 2012 and Professor at 2019, until then resident at the Department of Periodontology, School of Dentistry at Ege University, İzmir, Turkey.
She completed several scientific projects supported by national and international institutions and honoured many national and international scientific awards. With these projects she authored more than 35 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals in the field of Periodontology.  She was president of the branch of Turkish Society of Periodontology between 2015-2017.
Her clinical practice is limited to Department Periodontology, School of Dentistry, Ege University. Dr.Özçaka is intensely involved in scientific research regarding relations between systemic and periodontal diseases, oral maling and premaling lesions and clinically periodontal and implant surgery. She has married and has a daughter.