New Research: The Link Between Periodontitis and Type 2 Diabetes

Periodontitis, or advanced gum disease, is an infection that resides along our gums, which are soft tissues that hold our teeth in the correct place. Over time, this infection can become moderate or severe and cause tooth loss.

New research from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands indicates that periodontal disease may be an early indicator of Type 2 Diabetes. The researchers found that participants with periodontitis had a higher body mass index than participants that didn’t have periodontitis. “Additionally, the researchers found a high percentage of people with suspected diabetes and prediabetes among participants with mild-to-moderate as well as severe gum disease.”

While the study didn’t find a causal link between diabetes or periodontitis, it may provide data that can lead dentists to advise that patients with advanced gum disease also receive a screening for diabetes or prediabetes. According to the authors of the study, “The findings confirm the assumption that severe periodontitis could be an early sign of undiagnosed diabetes…The early diagnosis and intervention of prediabetes prevent the common microvascular and macrovascular complications and are cost-effective.”

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