Gum Disease and Diabetes

A recent study suggests “treating chronic gum inflammation might help people with diabetes control their disease.” The study of 264 people with type 2 diabetes and periodontitis found that “over the course of a year, patients who got intensive periodontal treatment from dentists saw improvements not just in their blood glucose levels but in the health of their kidneys and blood vessels, too.” Study leader Dr. Francesco D’Aiuto said, “While more research is needed to explore the exact mechanisms” by which treating periodontitis can help people with diabetes, “a reduction of systemic inflammation…is the most plausible link.” The findings were published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.

As always, we firmly believe that oral health is systematic to the rest of your health. For those of you with diabetes we would love to discuss further with you how we can help you maintain great oral health. Call our office now to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mullaney.