A Closer Look at Treating Gum Disease
People with diabetes are at a greater risk for gum disease, but while treatment is necessary for oral health, it may not improve blood glucose control, as previously has been suggested, a study says. Researchers assigned more than 500 people with type 2 diabetes and untreated periodontal disease either to receive no dental treatment for six months or to undergo nonsurgical dental procedures during the same time period. Though the treatment group’s gum disease improved, its average A1C (a measure of average blood glucose over the previous two to three months) did not. There also was no difference in A1C changes between the groups.
Source: The Journal of the American Medical Association, Dec. 18, 2013