Conquering gum disease may improve blood glucose control

Patients with type 2 diabetes benefit from intensive periodontal therapy, study shows

Treating gum disease could play an important role in lowering blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes, as well as improving vascular and renal function, according to study findings.

In a randomised trial of 264 UK patients with type 2 diabetes and moderate-to-severe periodontitis, those who received intensive periodontal treatment experienced an average reduction in HbA1c of 7mmol/mol after 12 months compared with controls who received standard care.

The intensive regimen included whole mouth subgingival scaling, surgical periodontal therapy and