Basic Care for Periodontal Disease May Not be Enough for Patients with Diabetes


“A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that nonsurgical treatment of periodontal disease does not improve glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes. Despite these results, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) continues to encourage patients with diabetes to maintain periodontal health and receive appropriate treatment for any periodontal disease.


According to the AAP, patients with diabetes should receive an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation which includes a thorough assessment of periodontal health and any risk factors for disease. “Every patient requires an individualized treatment plan,” says Dr. Froum. “For patients with diabetes, this may include either nonsurgical periodontal care or more advanced treatment. I encourage all patients living with diabetes to talk with their dental professional about their unique periodontal health.””


(December 17, 2013)

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