Recent research published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology looked at 250 patients with poorly controlled diabetes and active periodontitis (gum disease) who received intensive treatment for their gum disease.
After 12 months they had an average reduction in their blood glucose ( as measured by HbA1c levels of 0.6%. This may not sound impressive, but it is equivalent to the reduction that could be achieved by adding a second drug.
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The European Federation of Periodontology has launched a project to promote awareness of the link between gum disease and diabetes with guidelines for professionals and patients.