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Why treating your gums can improve your glycemic control

  • January 20, 2016

While we’ve known for some time about the cyclical connection between periodontal disease and diabetes, recent studies have found some encouraging news related to periodontal therapy and glycemic control. Keep reading to learn more about what these researchers found — the results may surprise you.

Periodontal therapy can improve one’s glycemic control

The study, which was published in Evidence-Based Dentistry, evaluated 10 randomized controlled trials of adults over the age of 18 with periodontal disease and diabetes as they underwent nonsurgical periodontal treatment. What did they find? Let’s take a closer look.

Analyzing the studies led the researchers to conclude that periodontal therapy can help with short term glycemic control, as glycemic levels were reduced at the same time as periodontal status improved three months after treatment. No obvious effect, however, was noted six months after treatment.

While results like these should always be considered carefully, we believe it’s pretty encouraging news for anyone dealing with diabetes and periodontitis. We invite you to read the full study in a new window here.

What you can do with this information

We’ve been sharing a lot of news about the relationship between gum health and your overall health — but what does it all mean for you? It’s simple. When you’re aware of how important your oral hygiene is to your general well being, your dental care — and your overall health — stand to improve.

Remember that the key steps to preventing gum disease are simple: brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, flossing daily and visiting your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings every six months. For additional information on the connection between periodontitis and your overall health, see our other thorough blog post on the issue.