Nonsurgical Treatment Of Periodontitis For Diabetics Does Not Improve Glycemic Control

For persons with type 2 diabetes and chronic periodontal disease which attacks the bone and gums, nonsurgical periodontal treatment did not result in improved glycemic control, according to a study.

Well-controlled diabetes is associated with less severe periodontitis and a lower risk for progression of periodontitis, suggesting that level of glycemia is an important mediator of the relationship between diabetes and risk of chronic periodontitis. Limited evidence suggests that periodontal therapy may improve glycemic control.

The trial included 514 participants who were enrolled between November 2009 and March 2012 from diabetes and dental clinics and communities affiliated with 5 academic medical centers.