Material and methods. The sample consisted of 301 healthy unrelated individuals, and 132 patients with periodontitis. All individuals were of Macedonian origin and nationality and residents of different regions of the Republic of Macedonia. DNA was isolated from peripheral blood leukocytes by the phenol-chlorophorm extraction method. Cytokine polymorphism genotyping was performed by PCR-SSP (Heidelberg kit). The population genetics analysis package (PyPop) was used for analysis of the data. Crude odds ratios, were calculated with 95% confidence interval. P<0.05 was considered statistically significant.